Q: Do I have legal right to claim (or purchase) the portion of a paper street that abuts my property on one side?
I recently purchased a home in Lower Twp. One side of the property abuts a paper street that is ~100 years old. The street begins between my property and my neighbor, is 40' wide, and 425' long with ~40% of it deemed wet land at the opposite end. This paper street essentially makes my property a corner lot and restricts me to not being able to build within 20' of this border. I would like to take ownership of the portion that abuts my property (equivalent to 20' x 68.9'). Is it possible that I can claim this property outright due to the the fact that it has never been, and will most likely never be developed?
A: Your best solution is to approach the governing body of the municipality and ask that the street e vacated. Were this to be done, the property would be split in half and deeded to the appropriate property owners.
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