Newtown Votes to Raze Home of Gunman in School Massacre

22 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Newtown officials to vote on demolishing Sandy Hook shooter’s home.

Officials in Newtown, Conn., are poised to vote on whether to demolish the home that Nancy Lanza shared with her son, Adam Lanza, before he killed 20 first-graders and six adults in a 2012 shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The prospects of that happening seemed dim until a few months ago, when Hudson City Savings Bank, which had acquired the home, offered to transfer ownership of the two-acre property to the town at no cost. “The only agenda with the bank was to do what the community wanted to do.

The vote by the Newtown Legislative Council approved a proposal by the board of selectmen to raze the 3,100-square-foot home and keep the land as open space. It’s their town, and I’m sure they know what’s best for their community,” said Randall Bell, a Laguna Beach-based consultant who specializes in damaged real estate and helped negotiate the transfer on behalf of the bank. Amy DeLoughy, whose house sits across the street, wrote to the council that her children’s bus stop had to be moved because it was too scary for the kids to wait near the house. Ian and Nicole Hockley, whose 6-year-old son, Dylan, died in the shooting, have said they moved out of the neighborhood because seeing that house across the way was too painful for them.

Neighbor Dave Ackart wrote, “Not only is the property a constant reminder of the evil that resided there — those of us who walk, run, drive, ride or otherwise must pass it multiple times a day, are having a hard time moving on.” First Selectwoman Pat Llodra said she expects the Lanza house will be razed once winter is over. Llodra has asked town attorneys to write something into the deed that will prohibit the town from profiting from any future sale or development of the land. But not everyone likes the idea of leaving the space open. “Leaving the property to nature would mean there is still a sense of darkness in our neighborhood,” she said. “Love and light that a new family would bring would help heal some of the very deep wounds we are still tending to.

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