NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Supreme Court is deciding the fate of a $1.8 million house in Narragansett that was built, apparently by mistake, entirely on public park land.

The Providence Journal reports lawyers for the developer this week asked the court to allow him to pay for the land in Rose Nulman Park or trade it for other waterfront property.

A lawyer for the Nulman Foundation, argued that it would amount to a "private eminent domain" for the court to force the the foundation to sell the land. He asked the court to order the removal of the 2,400-square foot house with its roof-top hot tub.

The developer, Robert Lamoureux, has said he was surprised to find the house was sited incorrectly and the lot had not been properly surveyed.


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