NEWTOWN, CT (WFSB) -For many in the Newtown community, it’s a big relief.
Newtown officials voted to demolish the home of the man who killed 26 first-graders and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The Newtown Legislative Council voted Wednesday night on a proposal to raze the house and preserve it as open space.
The Board of Selectman has to give the final approval, but that is more of a formality. There is no word yet on when that will happen.
The home where Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza began his shooting spree more than two years ago will be demolished.
Town officials, however, have yet to decide what will replace it.
The decision by the Newtown Legislative Council on Wednesday night was unanimous. It agreed with the first selectman’s recommendation.
While the home will be torn down, many in the community said they’re torn about what to do with the land.
“I think a lot of people have difficulty understanding the scope of pain that has been caused,” said Shawn DeFord of Woodbury.
Neighbors said that since Dec. 14, 2012, the sight of the Lanza home has not been easy.
“It hit very close to home for me,” said Brianna Velky of Southbury. “I taught three of the girls at a dance studio and we lost them, and I don’t give him any thought.”
Soon, the sight will be gone. Newtown bought the home a few months ago for $1.
It’s not clear when the demolition will happen or exactly how much it’ll cost.
First Selectman Pat Llodra estimated it’ll be around $29,000. The money may come from the town’s Sandy Hook Recovery Fund.
Officials are debating whether to leave the land empty or have it someday hold another building.
“Just because there were some terrible memories that happened there I think other people should have the potential to have good memories there,” DeFord said.
“It would be better to spend more time doing something like putting more resources into building the school,” said Brian Danziger of Newtown. “That would be more of an honor to the kids.”
Llodra asked the town’s attorneys to write into the deed that any future profits there would go to the victims’ families.
The board of selectmen still has to give the final OK. However, officials said that it’s more of a formality.
Twenty-six students and staff members at the Sandy Hook Elementary School were gunned down by Lanza, according to police.
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