SANTA ROSA (CBS SF / AP) — An official says that 17 months after a massive wildfire destroyed hundreds of homes in a Wine Country neighborhood, 70 percent of the properties are under construction or have been rebuilt.
Gabe Osburn, Santa Rosa’s deputy director of development services, tells the Press Democrat reconstruction in Coffey Park has ramped up in recent months.READ MORE: Study Shows Wildfire Smoke Much More Harmful Than Auto Pollution
An October 2017 fire destroyed 1,422 homes in the working-class community in Santa Rosa.READ MORE: COVID: E. Bay Teachers Union At Odds With District Plan To Get Students Back On Campus
By October 2018, a year after the fire, only 21 houses had been rebuilt and 520 were under construction. Today, 191 homes in Coffey Park have been completed, while another 689 are under construction.
Jeff Okrepkie, president and founder of neighborhood support group Coffey Strong, says he expects some 700 rebuilt homes to be occupied by midsummer.MORE NEWS: Woman Arrested For Anti-Asian Attacks In Mountain View
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