Monday 20 May 2019

Dunnes linked to second property in upmarket US town

Vincent Murphy

DEVELOPER Sean Dunne and his wife Gayle have been linked to a second house in an upmarket US town, where they are already locked in battle with residents over redevelopment plans.

The high-profile couple are already embroiled in an ongoing conflict over permits for a $2m Victorian-era house on Bush Avenue in leafy Greenwich, Connecticut.

But the Irish Independent learned Mr Dunne visited a second property on the other side of town last week, where construction is under way on a bigger house than the one at the centre of the current controversy.

Like the property on Bush Avenue, the ownership of the house at 42 Bote Road in Stanwich is hidden behind a trust operated by Greenwich property lawyer Thomas J Heagney.

When contacted by the Irish Independent last night, Mr Heagney said he had "no comment at all" to make on whether or not he was acting on behalf of the Dunnes in respect of the property on Bote Road.

Land deeds on file at Greenwich Town Hall show the property at 42 Bote Rd was purchased by Thomas J Heagney, trustee, on January 20 this year for $825,000.

It was bought from Robert H Frazer, executor of the estate of his late cousin Jean Vogel.

The house was an 1820 sq ft, two-storey property with three bedrooms and two bathrooms built in 1952.

But applications for the property show the new owner has plans to turn it into a mansion three times that size.

The building permit values the work being done on the property at $720,000, and it allows for 11 rooms including six bathrooms with a total area of 5,676 sq ft. Construction on the project was well advanced when the Irish Independent visited the site this week.

One worker, who spoke on condition that he would not be identified, admitted he was working on both the Bote Road and Bush Avenue sites.

When asked if Mr Dunne had been on-site, he confirmed that the developer had been there (Bush) on Tuesday of last week.

Irish Independent

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