NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- Officials in Newtown have voted to tear down the home where Adam Lanza lived before he carried out the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2012 file photo a police cruiser sits in the driveway of the home of Nancy Lanza, in Newtown, Conn. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

The vote Wednesday evening by the Newtown Legislative Council approves a proposal by the board of selectmen to raze the 3,100-square-foot home and keep the land as open space.

First Selectwoman Pat Llodra said she expects the Lanza house will be razed once winter is over. The 2-acre property was given to the town in December by a bank that acquired it from the Lanza family.

Lanza killed 20 children and six educators at the school before committing suicide.

Neighbors have been pleading with town officials to tear down the house, with one resident saying it's "a constant reminder of the evil that resided there."

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