With the din of I-15 to the west, roaring road equipment to the east and a new office building casting a shadow on his once secluded home, the future quickly closes in on Glade Shulsen.
And he's not so sure he and his family can survive it.Shulsen, 46, has spent his whole life in the unincorporated community of Crescent. He grew up on his father's 40-acre farm there, and until seven months ago Shulsen's three-acre parcel at 10115 S. 200 West was the last remaining piece of Crescent.
"We were annexed by Sandy in April and it's been a living nightmare ever since," he said.
An office building soon went up next door. In addition to the noise, construction crews used his water, and a huge pile of unused top soil turned south winds into major dust storms, leaving dirt all over his house.
Shulsen, who rebuilds electrical generators, says the building's parking lot is closer to his property than city officials and developers said it would be.
In September, work began on a new road leading from State Street, down 10000 South and then south to South Towne mall. Shulsen didn't mind a new road - until he found the construction prevented his family from getting in and out of his property.
"For two days we couldn't get out," he said. Nor could customers to his business get in. He finally hired an attorney to get the city to assure access, although at times it takes a four-wheel-drive vehicle to make it.
"My daughter lost an oil pan on her new car," Shulsen said. "Customers come in with mud on their cars. Fortunately I have some good customers, but some have called and said they don't want to drive on that road."
Shulsen estimates business is off about 25 percent since road construction started.
Sandy regrets the problems road construction has caused and says business will return and Shulsen will benefit after completion of the road at the end of the month.
"During actual construction there will no doubt be inconveniences. But we feel his property will be enhanced in value," said Richard Bradford, executive director of the city's redevelopment agency.
Bradford said the city has responded to Shulsen's requests and even offered to take his children to the State Street bus stop when the road is impassable.
Nonetheless, the bad experiences over the past few months have apparently turned Shulsen skeptical. He wonders if the city is trying to force him out by hurting his business and making life miserable. He said he received a letter from the agency saying it had the power to condemn his property, while at the same time it assured him his property's value would increase.
"If it does and I can sell it for enough to relocate my family and business, then there is no problem," he said. "But there is no way of really telling."
Bradford said the city has no incentive to condemn Shulsen's property or to force him to move from the planned high-tech business park and government center. He said that relocating Shulsen would take care of itself.
"He can stay if he chooses," Bradford said. "But as increased development takes place, someone will make him an offer he can't refuse. He stands to make a substantial profit."