Oops: Oceanfront Mansion Must Be Removed
It got built, accidentally, inside a Rhode Island park
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2014 1:24 PM CDT
Updated Jun 21, 2014 11:31 AM CDT
A frame grab of the soon-to-be-gone McMansion.   (WJAR-TV)

(Newser) – Oceanfront view? Check. Jacuzzi? Check. A proper survey spelling out where this $2 million mansion was supposed to be built in Rhode Island? Not so much. The state's Supreme Court has ruled that a three-story home built in Point Judith in 2010 must be removed because it went up entirely on land owned by a public park, reports the Providence Journal. Engineers inexplicably skimped on the survey before building began, and the mistake didn't come to light until a prospective buyer had his own done.

The survey showed that the mansion went up on land owned by the Rose Nulman Park Foundation instead of on the neighboring lot owned by the developer. The court said it was sympathetic to the developer's plight, but "any attempt to build on even a portion of the property would constitute an irreparable injury, not only to plaintiff but to the public," reports AP. It's not clear yet whether the developer will try to move the structure or demolish it, reports NBC 10."Errors are made by engineers," says a lawyer for the environmental advocacy group Save the Bay. "Some are more critical than others."

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Lou Bernardo
Jun 21, 2014 3:17 PM CDT
That ugly box is supposed to be a $2 million dollar MANSION?" It looks like a hen house to me.
Jun 19, 2014 12:22 AM CDT
Architects design structures, engineers tell you how to put it together and inspectors check and make sure it meets code. They do not make sure you are building on the right spot that come to the developer & owner. You hire a surveyor to map out your land if the developer owned the land or represented as being his land and had the house built then the entire cost comes back to him! If he sold the property and the owner assumed that that was his lot then it comes back on him. My dad once bought a lot and all we knew was it was some where in a Field Hired a surveyor to find it he writes a letter saying the cost would be to high to build at this time. Dad contacted the surveyor who said oh you wanted me to find the property that will cost more! He sold it about 20 years later.
Jun 18, 2014 8:46 PM CDT
That is a mansion in the photo? yo