He said that once the deal has been made with the homeowner, Essex County will take ownership of the property.
“It will then be the job of the county to demolish the home and restore the site, which can only be utilized for open-space use.
The county will then turn the property over to the town in which the buyout occurred.”
The only use for the land will probably be something like a park, officials said. Nothing can be built on it in the future.
There are still 11 properties throughout the county in a different FEMA program, Mascarenas said, for homes that were damaged, but non-substantially, during the floods.
There has been no word yet from FEMA on payments for those homes.
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