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Family opposes drainage ditch in Ellington

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An Ellington family fears their front yard is about to disappear after a proposed construction project would wipe out part of their property. (WFSB) An Ellington family fears their front yard is about to disappear after a proposed construction project would wipe out part of their property. (WFSB)
ELLINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

An Ellington family fears their front yard is about to disappear after a proposed construction project would wipe out part of their property.

“The value of my house will be shattered,” Ellington resident Michelle Mead said.

A developer is planning to build a huge quarter of an acre drainage ditch just 15 feet from the Mead family's front walkway on Cranberry Lane. 

Mead, a mother of four, called the idea reckless and dangerous.

“I'm afraid that my baby will crawl in. I'm very concerned about safety,” Mead said.

Ellington's Zoning Commission has to figure out whether the plan is legal. The property's deed does allow for the construction of a drainage ditch, but states it can't interfere with reasonable use of the lot.

“Since I have four children, including a 2-year-old, I think this does interfere with the use of my lot considering we will not have a front yard at all,” Mead said.

On Monday night, the zoning commission tabled the issue, but both sides will present their case again later this month. Mead said the stakes could not be higher.

“I hope that the town realizes that this is wrong and there are other options that they could do that will not do this to us,” Mead said.

The developer RSK Kellco is building 12 houses in the area. 

They said they are open to compromise, but have not offered any alternatives so far. 

The company told Eyewitness News they didn't have anyone available to comment on Tuesday. 

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