Hundreds of NY homes to be torn down after Sandy

November 17, 2012 6:30:40 PM PST
New York City is moving to demolish hundreds of homes that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

The New York Times reports that about 200 homes will be bulldozed in the coming days. Most of them are one and two-family houses in Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island.

That is in addition to 200 houses that are already partially or completely burned down, washed away or otherwise damaged. Those sites will be cleared.

City Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri tells the Times that the department is still inspecting nearly 500 other damaged structures and some of them could also be razed.

No decisions have been made about rebuilding. Some of the damaged houses were built decades ago as summer bungalows, and rebuilding similar houses would violate current building codes.

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