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The Village of River Forest issued a stop-work order on a home under construction at 747 Franklin Ave. late Friday afternoon after the owners of a neighboring home complained repeatedly that their house was being damaged. The owner, Louise Pendarvis, also contends the construction company, Cherryfield Construction of Forest Park, is encroaching on her property by excavating across her property line.

The house is being built on spec by a River Forest-based development concern, Benefit Resource.

According to a copy of the stop-work order, adhering to the permit poster on the property, the work was ordered to cease due to “Excessive movement of soil on the adjoining property imperiling the stability of the neighboring structure.”

The order stated that the ban will be lifted only when all provisions of the village building and zoning codes are met.

A man who identified himself as Hughes Declan said Friday the construction company had attempted to work with Pendarvis and her daughter, Elizabeth Scott, but that they had been uncooperative.

The dispute turned heated last Wednesday after Pendarvis and Scott said they noticed wide cracks in the sidewalk and growing separation between their house and the ground next to it. They also say visible damage to their northern basement wall was caused by the excavation work.

The work stoppage was ordered as three concrete trucks sat down the block from the construction site, waiting to pour concrete for the foundation walls.

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