Some San Bruno Residents Not Ready for New Housing After Fatal Blast

A proposed housing development in San Bruno is meeting resistance from some victims of the deadly 2010 PG&E gas line explosion and fire.

The proposed project includes building 30 homes about a quarter-mile from where the gas line exploded. Residents are complaining that construction noise will trigger post traumatic stress reactions.

Carolyn Gray's house was one of the 38 destroyed in the blaze. She said the development is too much for neighbors who still meet twice a month in a support group.

"That's surprising four years later," said Gray, who also is part of a neighborhood group working to stop construction. "But some of these people are still having regular appointments with counselors."

A developer purchased property that previously housed a Lutheran Church and originally intended to be part of Highway 380. The developer did not return a request to be interviewed by NBC Bay Area.

Bill Palacio is one resident in favor of construction. He lives with his wife, daughter and new granddaughter in a home near the proposed project.

Palacio said he is happy that someone wants to build on the vacant lots.

"It's wonderful," he said. "It's good for the neighborhood -- besides property values are going to go up."

San Bruno's city manager said a review of the proposed development is in the preliminary stages, and will take nine months to a year to complete. Residents who oppose the project will also have an opportunity to to comment before the review board, the planning commission and city council.

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