Developer subjected property to the condominium act in Massachusetts in 2008. By the terms of the deed, it included all the “land and improvements at the property…” There were to be six wings and up to 109 units built over a period of seven years. When the deed was recorded, 33 units had already been constructed. The additional wings were shown on the plans and noted on the master deed as “presently constitute common areas and … may be completed as additional phases.” The declaration contained a reservation of developer rights that provided the developer seven years to “substantially complete the additional phases” and that a failure to complete them would constitute a waiver of development rights. The day before the developer rights were to expire, the developer recorded a series of documents to expand its ownership rights and extend the development rights an additional seven years. Sixteen days after the documents were recorded the association filed suit. The association sought declaratory relief that the developer’s rights had expired and that the developers attempts to extend those rights was invalid. The developer answered and counter-claimed that it was in the right.
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