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Why a million dollar Rhode Island mansion must go


In case you think you're having a bad day, just listen to this:

CBS says, "A developer in Rhode Island is dealing with a very expensive mistake this morning. His company will need to move a new waterfront mansion or tear it down."

HLN says, "The developer apparently didn't know the land was part of a public park. They built the home on a public park."

Why A $1M Mansion In R.I. Must Go


According to Boston.com's Shannon McMahon, developer Four Twenty Corporation began construction on the home in 2009 in Point Judith, Rhode Island, but was unaware that a surveyor error had put the foundation on land from a public park, owned by the Rose Nulman Park Foundation.

WJAR reports after the house was finished in 2011, problems began to arise.

​"A prospective buyer's independent survey showed the house was on the Nulman property. S. Paul Ryan works as legal counsel for Save the Bay. He says he's worked plenty of cases where errors mean houses are built over property lines." via WJAR.

​But with this home valued at more than $1.8 million dollars, Providence Journal reports it will be an expensive mistake to move.

Robert C. Lamoureux, the developer for Four Twenty Corporation, apparently spent "about $619,000 on construction and that the house was set on 4½ acres of the park. He put the cost of moving it at $300,000 to $400,000."

But while the Rhode Island Supreme Court ruled Friday that the home must be moved off park property, the Providence Journal also notes that environmental advocacy group Save the Bay is trying to block moving the home, on the grounds that it will damage sensitive ecosystems in the Narragansett Bay.

This isn't the only time a mansion has met an awful end.

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cbcmkting June 19 2014 at 7:07 AM

LET THEM MOVE IT AND BURY THE STUPID ENVIRONMENTALISTS ALIVE IN THE HOLE IT LEAVES!

THE ONLY ECO-SYSTEMS BEING HURT IS OUR COUNTRYT OVER RUN BY LIBERAL SHEEP AND OVER REGULATION THEIR LOBBIES HAVE CREATED!!

TIME TO TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK!!!

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Elizabeth June 19 2014 at 5:29 AM

It seems this error was on the part of the surveyor, not the builder.

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olengrumpy June 19 2014 at 7:48 AM

And who approved the building permits?

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c2t2beau June 19 2014 at 6:50 AM

Psst, and no one from Parks seen the construction for 2 yrs ?

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civetta June 19 2014 at 6:49 AM

Hope the surveyor has his errors and omissions policy paid up.

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stuart100s civetta June 19 2014 at 1:10 PM

Smartest remark on the post.

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jlegrande44 civetta June 19 2014 at 1:51 PM

cbcmkting Go drink the river water in North Carolina, or spend some time breathing the air around the coal mines in various states, or maybe even tour the everglades in Florida. Check out the Louisana bayous while you are there. You will see what you stupid thuglicant's have done to our ecosystems. Liberals are NOT sheep, we think, see and decide, unlike you idiots that just parrot what you see on FAKE news and what is thrown at you by your politicians that are BOUGHT AND PAID for by the corporations that are doing this polluting. "I'm not a scientist" is the new mantra being parroted by your politicians. They are all saying it. Doesn't that tell you something. Oh, I forgot, it is the LIBERALS that can hear, think, see and decide, NOT you and yours.

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kdryan11 June 19 2014 at 6:49 AM

how did they get a permit ?

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mociambz June 19 2014 at 6:06 AM

so they have to pay off a group of environmentalists that have never been to the park and dont use it

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roelene June 19 2014 at 7:17 AM

why can't the foundation buy the place. and use it for public use... offices. special meetings.. conferences... weddings. other celebrations.?

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shuuto1313 June 19 2014 at 6:35 AM

Yep, the 420 group? Really?
And they shared...with the surveyor, the engineer, all the county inspectors, the project manager...

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timrek1943 June 19 2014 at 5:57 AM

yes it was the surveyor team ---case closed --thats it ---thank you

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rwilliamhoward timrek1943 June 19 2014 at 11:24 AM

If it was surveyed WHERE IT WAS BUILT, the surveyor was in error. Hopefully for him, he had INSURANCE against such errots.

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Ben timrek1943 June 19 2014 at 2:19 PM

I believe surveys have to be approved prior to a permit being issued. At least where I live they do.
It's going to get interesting to where blame will go.

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VA Surveyor Ben June 19 2014 at 4:08 PM

There is a difference between a survey and a site plan. The site plan should be based on a complete boundary and topographic survey of the property. The surveyor may have made an error in his initial boundary computations. Hopefully he has errors and omissions insurance.

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corba4.6 Ben June 19 2014 at 10:05 PM

ill take it
ace Indy

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