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." (Read more Rhode Island stories.)

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