Construction project spills over to woman’s property


EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– With no where else to turn, an elderly woman in East Haven reached out News 8 when a construction project invaded her property.

The woman lives near the Irish-American Club in East Haven, and their expansion plans appear to have excavated nearly 20 feet of her property. Now, what was a tree-lined, gradual decline behind her house has become a sharp cliff with a drastic edge.

“It’s a five foot drop on my mother-in-law’s property, then you go off a cliff,” said John Scannell, the woman’s son-in-law. “Some person, kid, dog wanders off, that’s instant death.”

Scannell says they hired a lawyer and paid a surveyor to mark off his mother-in-law’s property. He says the excavation has clearly expanded onto her property.

The Irish-American Club says they will put up a fence for safety and try to make good on any other damage. The club is expanding so they can provide a place for Gaelic football and hurling for older children in their sponsored programs.

“Our commitment has been to respect the neighbors and work with them throughout the entire process,” said John Mackey, president of the New Haven Gaelic Football and Hurling Club. News 8 obtained the blueprints for their construction project, approved by the East Haven Planning and Zoning Commission.

Scannell said not much can done for restitution, and they may have to file a lawsuit against the club.

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