Did construction of Dollar General damage residential property?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- About a month ago Concepts Development began construction on a Dollar General store on Lem Turner Road -- on the same block is Clarissa Williams' home.

"My home is old and it doesn't take much,' said Williams. The house was built in 1939 and she has owned it about 20 years.

When demolition and construction began and the property adjacent to her home, Williams said she knew she was in trouble.

"It shook the foundation and it shook the eaves off," she said.

The wooden eaves along the side of her home are peeling back, but was it due to the vibration from the heavy equipment?

"You could feel the vibration, you could feel my house shaking," she said. "You could hear the chandelier shake. It was rough."

She wants to know if the construction company is now liable for what is happening to her home?

"They had a lot of heavy equipment, which is expected," said Williams. "But my property could not take all of that."

Brian Block is development counsel for Concept Construction and Development.

"She has not contacted us," said Block.

Block said when they began the project the company offered to buy Williams home at a reasonable price but she countered the offer with one he says was unreasonable.

If his construction team cause damage he said the company has a protocol.

"We would put here in touch with the project manager and if it is something we can fix in the field, we would," said Block.

Block said they have done it before and gave examples.

"We want to be good neighbors," he said.

A check with consumer lawyer Leslie Goller said in cases like this the burden falls on the homeowner.

"The burden is on the plaintiff," said Goller. "It is up to the homeowner to prove the construction company damaged his or her property."

She said that can become an expensive undertaking. Williams only option is file a formal complaint with the construction company and let them evaluate or assess the damage.


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