Town Tears Down Lanza Home
Newtown lot will be left as open space
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 24, 2015 10:02 PM CDT
In this Dec. 18, 2012, photo, a police cruiser sits in the driveway of the Lanza home in Newtown, Conn.   (Jason DeCrow)
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(Newser) – The Connecticut home of the man who carried out the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School has been demolished, officials in Newtown say. The 2.1-acre lot where the 3,100-square-foot house once stood in a leafy, suburban neighborhood will be left as open space under a plan approved by town officials. Several neighbors had asked for the building to be taken down, describing it as a constant reminder of the tragedy. Among them, Dave Ackert said in a letter: "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."

Adam Lanza killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, inside the house on the morning of Dec. 14, 2012, then drove to the school, where he gunned down 20 children and six adults before committing suicide. The house was torn down Monday, and First Selectman Pat Llodra says the demolition of the foundation and driveway will be completed within another day and plans call for the land to be leveled this spring and new plantings started. Everything inside the home, including rugs and lighting fixtures, had previously been removed and incinerated so that no remnants were available to become memorabilia. The property was given to the town in December by a bank that acquired it from the Lanza family.