Council To Consider Acquisition Of Lanza's Yoganada Street Property
The town is apparently poised to receive, at no cost to taxpayers, the home and property where 12/14 shooter Adam Lanza lived with his mother, Nancy Lanza. The Legislative Council is scheduled to discuss and possibly act on the acquisition at its next regular meeting on Wednesday, December 3.
Legislative Council Chair Mary Ann Jacob told The Newtown Bee on Tuesday that the acquisition was discussed among council members in a closed session during its last meeting. But since possible action on the acquisition was not properly noticed to the public, Ms Jacob said, she put off action until this week.
“We will only be discussing and possibly acting on the acquisition, not the disposition of that property,” Ms Jacob said. “Any disposition discussions will take place when and if we decide to acquire [the property].”
First Selectman Pat Llodra said that the council, by charter, has the singular authority to act on both gift acquisitions and dispositions of public property.
“I’ve asked the council to bring this forward as an action item,” Mrs Llodra said Tuesday.
The first selectman said if the council approves the acquisition, it will then be determined through future discussions, how the town will use or dispose of the parcel with its 3,162-square-foot residence.
That residence was the scene of the first of 27 murders perpetrated by Adam Lanza on December 14, 2012. Prior to his fateful trip to Sandy Hook School that morning, he shot his mother as she slept in her second floor bedroom.
Mrs Llodra said, if accepted, any future disposition of the property would occur after a new series of discussions and actions. She said that in recent weeks, she has mounted an “aggressive” attempt to notify and seek guidance from victims’ surviving families as to how they would like a potential disposition handled.
“After months of discussion and collaboration with the bank holding the mortgage, I’m recommending the town accept the property,” Mrs Llodra said. The purchase value will be zero — that includes the property and the home."
According to town land records, the Colonial-style home was built in 1998, and has an approximate market value of $520,000. It sits on 2.19 acres in a high-end residential subdivision surrounded by similar homes.