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More details about plans to raze Newtown house

The company that has offered to raze the Newtown home of the man who carried out the shootings at Sandy Hook School is the same company that demolished the Petit house in Cheshire after that tragedy. 


First Selectman Pat Llodra said at a Legislative Council meeting this week that Manafort Brothers will meet with town officials to discuss details and timing for the work.   The company has offered to demolish the Yogananda Street house at no cost to the town.  Manafort's offer would save about $30,000 that Newtown planned to spend, using money from an insurance fund set aside for costs associated with the shootings.


In response to concerns about people taking items or debris for personal use, Llodra says a similar process will likely be put in place as to when the school was demolished.  Every contractor and vendor had to sign a separate non-disclosure contract.  There was strict oversight of the process in 2013, where the school pieces were either crushed on site or were closely tracked to another location where they were destroyed.  


The property, which is surrounded by a wooded area, will be allowed to return to its natural state. 


Some of the work is weather dependent.  Llodra says there is also some on-site preparation that has to be done, but she is confident that the project will be completed flawlessly.

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