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PJ’s Construction, hired by Keaau Development Partnership, mistakenly builds $500,000 home on woman’s lot in Hawaiian Paradise Park

HONOLULU– A woman who bought a vacant lot in Hawaii was shocked to discover that a $500,000 house was built on the property by mistake.

Now it is mired in a legal dispute due to the confusion.

Annaleine “Anne” Reynolds bought a one-acre lot in Hawaiian Paradise Park, a subdivision in the Puna district of Big Island, in 2018 at a county tax auction for about $22,500.

He was in California during the pandemic waiting for the right time to use it when he received a call last year from a real estate broker informing him that he had sold the house he owned. Hawaii News Now reported.

Local developer Keaau Development Partnership hired PJ’s Construction to build about a dozen homes on properties the developer purchased in the subdivision. But the company built one on Reynolds’ lot.

Reynolds, along with the construction company, architect and others, are being sued by the developer.

“There are a lot of accusations between the developer, the contractor and some subcontractors,” said Reynolds’ attorney, James DiPasquale.

“It would set a dangerous precedent if you could go to someone else’s land, build whatever you wanted and then sue that person for the value of it,” DiPasquale said.

Most of the lots in the jungle-like Hawaiian Paradise Park are identical, said Peter Olson, an attorney representing the developer.

“My client believes he is trying to exploit PJ Construction’s mistake to get money from my client and the other parties,” Olson told The Associated Press on Wednesday of his rejection of an offer for an identical lot.

An attorney for PJ’s Construction told Hawaii News Now that the developer did not want to hire surveyors.

A neighbor told the Honolulu news station that the empty house had attracted squatters.

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