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.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s