The city better tread lightly with the indoor pool and negotiations with the VA

I found this article yesterday very timely, concerning Spellerberg Park and the Quit Claim deed with the VA;

A developer who mistakenly built a $1.8 million waterfront house on parkland has been ordered to remove it.

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

The developer, Four Twenty Corp., began building the home in 2009, but it didn’t discover the error until 2011 when it tried to sell the house and the prospective buyers got a survey. Robert Lamoureux, who owns the company, then contacted one of the park’s trustees to try to work something out, but she told him the land was not for sale, according to Friday’s opinion.

The foundation was set up to preserve the property as a park in perpetuity. A 2008 agreement among the family members says that if the trustees allow the land to be used as anything other than a public park, they must pay $1.5 million to New York Presbyterian Hospital.

The developer argued it should not be penalized for an innocent surveying mistake. The court said it was sympathetic, but it said the park’s property rights outweighed that. It also said it was in the public’s interest to keep the land as a park.

I hope the city either has a rock solid agreement/contract with the VA or has the quit claim deed torn up before they even turn one shovel at Spellerberg.



7 comments ↓

#1 Dan Daily on 06.18.14 at 3:17 pm

Once the present pool is demolished, Huether must explain to hundreds of kids why 1 less pool and overcrowding. I’m working on a 4 year federal stop action until major street arteries construction near there is completed (2018).

Why can’t the indoor pool go somewhere else? Solves lots of issues. Huether’s stubbornness comes in the way with what’s best for the city.

#2 85th stuckee on 06.18.14 at 8:46 pm

I’m wondering if he thinks obama mama will get his VA lease done for this. I’m thinking that with all the scrutiny at the VA and the IG and congress kicking their butts, the bureaucrats aren’t going to give a damn to get a revised lease executed for the city. I hope you are right Dan, I hope they find a new spot, I look at the Frank Olson park area, and that is just a great looking area with the hundreds of young families and school kids , we forget the jerks he wants to represent are the 1%ers. Sad day for Sioux Falls, sadder days ahead when our taxation is well above 50%. France just raised taxes on wage earners for many to 75%, I bet old MMM has his eye on the prize. A clown

#3 Dan Daily on 06.19.14 at 12:24 pm

85th stuckee, settle down some. I’ve learned we don’t have a voice and elections are manipulated. The best we can hope for is that the next mayor the billionaires buy is not as egotistical, mean, and he’s sane. There’s room to tap public funds via high noncompetitive bids without being so obnoxious. Think of all the jobs lost if exclusive city contractors had to compete on the open market.

#4 Dan Daily on 06.19.14 at 12:39 pm

When outdoor Spellerburg pool is demolished we’ll have 4 pools and 4 Walmarts. Most cities have twice as many pools as Walmarts. Next summer will be a time for opening fire hydrants so minimum wage families have a place to cool their kids.

#5 Titleist on 06.19.14 at 7:51 pm

Stuck on 85th, you just got called out by DD to settle down. When you get called out by DD to settle down, that is saying something. You are out there. Come on back.

#6 85th stuckee on 06.19.14 at 8:16 pm

Thanks dan A clown mmm will have. A taxi cab meter on the fire hydrants. Have correct change or a first premier card. No euros allowed in this sister city with Potsdam.

#7 Teatime on 06.21.14 at 12:19 am

Maybe we can take 85th st drainage and fill a new indoor pool placed right next to a giant store.