BEIRUT: The owner of an old Mar Mikhael residence came back home Friday to find her bedroom partially demolished, after construction next door mistakenly tore down the walls of her upper story.
Barbara, who asked to omit her family name, has been a resident of the 2 story traditional home since the civil war.
“My house has withstood bombs, it will withstand stones [from the collapsed wall] as well,” she said.
The blue house with brown window panes, tucked in beside the famous Oslo gelateria and bakery on Mar Mikhael’s Armenia street is the very same one Barbara’s husband was born in during 1932. Now the walls of its bedroom and living room are wide open to the street after construction equipment recklessly pulled out metal infrastructure holding the walls.
“I spent a month going up to my roof every day at 8 in the morning warning them [the construction workers] from getting too close,” she said.
Barbara pointed at three metal columns holding up what remains of the cracked roof, adding that “the construction workers put these [rods] here yesterday so the whole thing won’t collapse.”
The elderly home owner recollected her days in the house during the war, stressing that the property’s strong foundations allowed the 100 year old house to survive through years of heavy bombings and gun shots.
Barbara said “if bombs couldn’t get me out, stones definitely won’t,” remaining adamant about staying in the house in spite of its current condition.
According to Barbara, a representative from the real estate development company vowed to financially compensate her for damages; however she said that she has yet to receive any payments.
Attempts by The Daily Star to reach the real estate developer managing the construction site in Mar Mikhail were unsuccessful over the weekend.
The homeowner urged municipalities to pay attention to construction matters and impose regulations on real estate developers who show little respect to nearby properties.
“What if I had been home sleeping ... my bedroom would have become a grave,” said Barbara, pointing at the hole near her medium sized bed.
Barbara refused to disclose information concerning the legal measures she intends to take, however she did say that a complaint has been filed and authorities have been notified.