Victoria Lindaman and her husband moved to Brookings in 2007 to retire. They both loved the ocean, so they bought a ranch with an ocean view. However, Lindaman lost her husband to cancer in 2018, and now it appears she will lose her scenic view.
Don Kirk Construction, a local contracting business owned by Don Kirk, is building a 8,736- square-foot roof truss manufacturing plant behind Lindaman’s house, as well as her neighbor’s — Jason Greene. Lindaman said she can’t understand why Kirk chose to build where he did.
“What happened to being a decent neighbor?” Lindaman rhetorically asked Curry County Commissioner John Herzog, who visited the residences last week. “He’s my neighbor, I’m his neighbor, we are all neighbors… I don’t want to leave here, but he didn’t consider that we were losing our view and my beautiful way of life.”
Greene recently moved to Brookings with his wife and elderly father who is battling dementia. He said their realtor did not warn them about the proposed manufacturing plant before they purchased their house.
He said his father’s health has already been affected by construction, and he is worried it will only get worse when operations start up. Recently, Lindaman and Greene’s family had to leave their houses due to overwhelming construction dust.
“Yes, my dad is being impacted by it and we try to manage it every day,” said Greene.
In November of 2019, Lindaman received a letter from the county notifying her of the proposed construction. She wrote back to the county expressing her concerns about the build. Excerpts from her letter read, “Why is Mr. Kirk planning to place his truss building on the upper end of his property close to my home rather than at the bottom next to Hwy 101?...I am concerned about the noise pollution of this type of facility...I am also concerned about the air pollution associated with this type of facility…”
In reply to her letter, the county told Lindaman Kirk’s building meets all relevant building codes and has acquired the appropriate permits. This fact has been verified by the Pilot.
After the exchange of letters, Lindaman and Greene personally met with Kirk and laid out their concerns directly. During the meeting, they asked him why he chose to build the facility near their houses, and not somewhere else on the property. According to Lindaman and Greene, Kirk told them his utility costs would be more expensive if he were to build farther away from their houses.
While Lindaman and Greene will be the most impacted by the facility, they are not the only residents who are worried.
In an April 24 letter to Kirk, nearby resident — Ilona Fegel — wrote, “I realize you have followed business procedures with proper permits, legal advice etc. I just don’t understand why your building couldn’t be constructed away from the neighbor’s property.” Fegel also illustrated concerns about noise and air pollution in her letter.
Kirk declined to comment for this story.