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Who is the record owner of the property? The city or a private person?
Hi - I'm sorry for the delay. I had a family matter that required me to go offline until now.
As for your question, you generally cannot adversely possess property from a sovereign entity, such as a city, county, state, etc. Thus, IF the city owns the property, there should be no ability for you to adversely possess the strip of land.
Your best option would be to consult the local city officials and see if it will deed the property to you, let you purchase it, etc.
Thanks for the additional information James.
If the Masonic Temple owns the property, the first thing would be to go to it and ask if they will deed the strip of land over to you. IF they refuse, then the only option you would have is to sue the landowner, claim adverse possession and ask the judge to enter an order finding that you own the land through the provisions of adverse possession. If you receive a court order granting you ownership, then you'd be the fee simple owner.