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What is that banging sound in downtown Kelowna?

A large earth compactor has been shaking downtown Kelowna as workers prepare the site for a four-storey, low-income housing project.
April 08, 2016 - 4:30 PM

KELOWNA – If you live near downtown Kelowna you’ve likely heard the sound of progress being made at the former Kelowna Secondary School.

It's the ringing sound from a large, welded steel compactor slamming into the ground at the Central Green work site on Harvey Avenue.

Work on the future Central Green Mission Group project began a few months ago but recently the developer Al Stober Construction began compacting the earth to prepare the site for their project.

Geologist Murray Roed says although some of the Okanagan sits of a mixture of soft, waterlogged materials, compacting is done any time a tall building is planned.

“All of the major high-rises where they have softer soils underneath, what they do is put the weight on and squeeze the water out,” he says. “A river ran through here 10,000 years ago so it’s a complex of silt and sand and usually full of water and clay and so on.”

Construction is expected to be complete by the end of the summer.

 This story was corrected at 5 p.m. April 8. The Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society building is months away from completion and is pictued in the background of the photo and video.

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