Court: $1.8M house built on park must be removed

The house at 1444 Ocean Rd., in Narragansett, is seen in 2012. (Courtesy: The Providence Journal/Glenn Osmundson)

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) — A developer who mistakenly built a $1.8 million waterfront house on park land has been ordered to remove it.

The Rhode Island Supreme Court found that the home, built by developer Four Twenty Corp., was built entirely on land in Narragansett owned by the Rose Nulman Park Foundation, and therefore must be removed.

The developer began building the home in 2009, but didn’t discover the error until 2011. They argued it should not be penalized for an innocent surveying mistake.

The court said the park’s property rights outweighed that.

Foundation lawyer Mark Freel says it’s not known whether the unoccupied house can be moved or will have to be torn down.

He says the house has been there for a long time already, and it’s time for it to go.

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