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San Bruno is moving forward with plans to rebuild the neighborhood badly damaged in the 2010 explosion and fire. Chase Cain reports.
San Bruno is moving forward with plans to rebuild the neighborhood badly damaged in the 2010 explosion and fire.
Vacant lots in the Crestmoor neighborhood will soon become homes again. It's one of the final steps toward rebuilding the area devastated by the explosion of a PG&E pipeline.
Eight people died and 66 others were hurt back on September 9, 2010, when the underground pipeline went up in flames.
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Since then, San Bruno city leaders have worked with PG&E to reconstruct the neighborhood, where several homes were leveled and many others damaged.
Tuesday night, the city council voted to allow a developer to rebuild homes on 10 vacant lots – all at once. Two other lots will become green space and a park.
Twenty-three-year neighborhood resident Jose Tovar told NBC Bay Area, despite the horrific memories associated with the site – "all the things we lost inside, all the family valuables, pictures and everything” – he’s in favor of rebuilding homes there for the good of the community.
If negotiations with the developer go smoothly, construction on the homes should begin in about six months.
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