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Newtown residents want killer's house torn down

Newtown Residents Want Shooter's Home Torn Down

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Some Newtown residents are calling for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter's home to be torn down and replaced with a park or nature preserve, according to a new community survey.

The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation received more than 1,600 responses to the survey it released Monday on town residents' unmet needs in the wake of the December 2012 shootings. The foundation has been deciding how to distribute more than $11 million in donations made in response to the shootings, which left 20 first-graders and six educators dead.

While most of the survey responses said money for mental health counseling and other family expenses are top priorities, a small percentage of community members mentioned funds to buy and tear down Adam Lanza's home, said Jennifer Barahona, the foundation's executive director. She said several people who live near the Lanza house said in the survey that it should be razed.

"That's not something we're considering at this time," Barahona said. "It's really outside of our scope."

The house in Newtown is where Lanza, 20, lived with his mother, Nancy Lanza, and shot her to death before the school killings. It's about 5 miles from the school, which has been demolished as part of the plan to build a new building on the same property. Adam Lanza killed himself at the school as police arrived.

Nancy Lanza's property remains tied up in probate court proceedings. After her death, it was turned over to her ex-husband, Peter Lanza, and their other son, Ryan, according to court documents. Town records show the 3,200-square-foot colonial home and 2-acre property has an appraised value of about $524,000.

Lawyers in the probate case didn't immediately return messages Wednesday seeking comment.

"There really is nothing we can do," Barahona said. "The estate is in probate and it's likely to be there for years to come. I also imagine there would be lawsuits against the estate at some point."

There have been no talks among town officials about buying the property or doing anything with it, First Selectman Pat Llodra's office said.

The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation has about $4 million left after giving more than $7 million to the 40 families most affected by the shootings.

The foundation recently approved $200,000 in spending. That includes $75,000 for out-of-pocket mental health costs for families, $75,000 for a "financial needs fund" for those affected by the shootings, $40,000 for public education and training on how to respond to signs of trauma and other mental health concerns, and $10,000 for community-wide educational programming.

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cminzey April 02 2014 at 8:28 PM

Why destroy a beautiful home for a park why not turn it into a shelter for women

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nightmagic23103 April 03 2014 at 12:57 AM

Gee whiz . . .this is locking the barn after the horse escaped. Didn't they burn witches up in New England too . . .not too long ago in Americas history. Of course . . .. the residents could not spend a dime providing mental health care before the incident (OK what it was . .. not an incident . . . the murders . . . .lawyers like to call it the incident). Let's find something to blame . . .a house . . .'cause no one wants to fix the problem. Our health care, legal system and plain common sense is BROKEN in America. And the politicians who are in charge are only out the re-elect themselves . . . .monkeys with an etch a sketch could write better laws. . . . We get what we get . . . .because we do what we do. And two hundred and fifty lawyers showed up to defend the killers rights, before it happened . . .when everybody knew he needed to be in lock down.

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kohlbll April 03 2014 at 1:45 AM

PS it didnt belong to the shooter

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streetlaw1 April 03 2014 at 2:26 AM

The shooter was a disturbed young man. His mother was a victim. Sounds like the lawyers are tying things up to force a settlement.

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Vito April 03 2014 at 5:55 AM

It's a beautiful house, the world needs to move on. I'd take it in a minute.

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jeff4570 April 03 2014 at 6:02 AM

So much for criminal misuse of donations , its a house , move on .

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czimmer383 April 03 2014 at 6:13 AM

Give the property a new look through landscaping, and exterior renovation. That will lessen the bad vibes people are getting from its existence.

Last time I was in Amityville, NY the horror house is still standing. No one is complaining

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Paul MacLeod April 03 2014 at 6:25 AM

I think I understand the need to help cope with this tragedy.. sensenless killing of small children is something that just does not go away.. tear down every building , make all the laws you want, remove all signs of the event, and still, it remains in the hearts and minds of all those directly affected.. there is no way around this.. it's truly a personal thing.. and a family thing. It should never have been a political thing.. yet, there it is.. Conn. has decided to take on the Constitution of the United States of America.. making laws that do absolutely nothing to stem this kind of crime... attacking and attempting to abridge the rights of law abidding citizens is draconian ... and it will, evidentually, cause even more trajedy in this deeply liberal state.. even a really dumb person can see it coming... it was, in fact, the policies of the anti gun nuts that created the environment at this school and lot's of others where no guns were allowed.. ignoring the changes in our society . ignoring the lack of mental health treatment and failing to understand the crims do NOT operate within out system of laws.. no single group of people are any more responsible for these senseless deaths than liberals who are bent on removing guns from honest citizens.. like or not...

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docstruick9 April 03 2014 at 6:50 AM

I suggest free medical attention for some

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Daren Miller April 03 2014 at 6:54 AM

What is the purpose of the community foundation? It seems as though everyone has a tax exempt foundation.

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