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The 1896 Deed From the Plaintiff, Which Transferred the Property to Defendant Diocese With the Limitation That It Be Used as a Church, Created a Possibility of Reverter Which Transferred the Property Back to the Plaintiff When the Property Stopped Being Used as a Church in 2015

The Third Department, reversing Supreme Court, determined the 1896 deed to defendant Catholic diocese, which limited the use of the property to serving as a church, conveyed a fee on limitation with a possibility of reverter, which transferred the property to back to plaintiff when the diocese stopped using the property as a church in 2015: “[W]e find that defendant’s use of the property for church purposes ceased pursuant to the 2015 decree, thus violating the limitation in the 1896 deed. Accordingly, it reverted to plaintiff, which now owns the property in fee simple.” Paul Smith’s Coll. of Arts & Sciences v. Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 05012, Third Dept 9-17-20