Neighbors in one Fairfax County community are tired of their ears ringing—they say that ever since the terrorist screening center moved into Vienna a couple years ago, they’ve been bothered by the noise.
Dozens of families live across from the federal building that is home to the terrorist screening center—and they are asking for their peace back.
You can hear a buzz coming from the center off Folin Lane southeast that is driving some neighbors crazy.
“It sounds like a riding lawn mower,” said Craig Bradley, a neighbor.
“I thought a helicopter, a Medivac helicopter, was hovering somewhere,” said neighbor Nedda Davis.
“On a hot summer night, it’s just blaring away and it really is incredibly annoying,” said neighbor Jeff Lewis.
Lewis moved into Mashie Drive 11 years ago for the peace that comes with suburban life. But, like so many others in the area, he says that peace was shattered when the federal building went up.
“What the problem is...it's a huge bank of air-conditioners or heat pumps or maybe a combination of those that sit on top of the buildings. I believe there are 230 individual units...so you just imagine your neighbors air conditioner and multiply that by 230 and that's the kind of noise you'd be dealing with,” Bradley said.
Bradley says dozens of letters have been sent to Vienna town officials calling for help and several people have voiced their concerns in person at town meetings.
“I think the town council is concerned. I think they're coming to a point where they're beginning to put themselves in our shoes,” Bradley said.
The terrorist screening center issued a statement saying: "Terrorist screening center officials are aware of these concerns, have shared them with the general services administration and the landlord of the building, and are currently exploring what options may be available."
But those who are living with the problem daily, say a solution can't come soon enough.
“We certainly welcome them and the mission they do. Obviously is very important, but I would put themselves in our shoes,” Bradley said.
“This is really more of a facility that you would think might go into an industrial park somewhere. It's not a good neighbor in a neighborhood,” Davis said.
ABC7 reached out to the Mayor’s office, but have not heard back. Residents do believe the Town Council is on their side, but still, their patience is wearing.
Some say packing up and moving has crossed their minds. They worry their property values are being hurt by the noise issue—and that they will have to legally disclose this problem to buyers if they do decide to sell their homes.