I appreciated everyone's comments about the fence situation. Today they put the fence posts in the backyard and they were off the property line by about 6 inches. We decided to let the issue drop in the front yard because we weren't planning to redo the fence there for a while anyway. It's low on the list. We try to get along with our neighborhood contractor, although at times the construction has been a nuisance (noise all summer, mortar all over the side of our house, workmen "borrowing" our hose etc...)
Our main relief with the building next door, was that they put brick all the way around the building. Therefore, we don't have to look out our dining room window at cinder block walls and feel like we are in a prison. We hate cinderblock! We have our Alderman (Joe Moore) to thank for the brick- he insisted on the brick.
In case you are interested, here is a photo of the perfectly lovely single family home they tore down to put up a 6 unit condo building. It needed some TLC inside, but if one of you had only gotten a hold of it. It could have been someone's dream come true... ;o)
house next door shortly before teardown...
house next door - day of teardown...and below the results of one days work demolishing the house. Many of you know what it takes to build a house. It is really something to see how fast they can make a pile of debris out of one.