Nashville says 2 bombed buildings must be demolished, businesses in limbo

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As Nashville works to determine which buildings damaged in the Christmas morning bombing are salvageable and which must be destroyed, at least 400 people are without homes and 1,200 are jobless.

Structural assessments of more than 40 buildings in the blast area determined that at least two are irreparable and must be demolished. The Tennessean reported that 10 Second Avenue buildings were deemed unsafe for use or occupancy, including seven that are closed off, meaning no entry is allowed.

Some business owners still haven’t been able to get inside to assess the damage, FOX 17 Nashville reported.

Donations have poured in for the victims, and a $2 million grant was pushed through to help families and businesses with food and bills, NBC affiliate WSMV reported.

The bomb, planted in an RV by a 63-year-old loner who followed various conspiracy theories, impacted at least 45 small businesses. Many owners are hoping to rebuild and remain in the historic downtown neighborhood, News Channel 5 reported.

“We’re going to have to look very closely at the cost of that and is it even going to be viable for us to pursue something like that,” Benjamin Jordan told ABC affiliate WKRN. Jordan not only managed a liquor store damaged in the blast, but lived in one of the apartment buildings hit when the bomb exploded. “Because at some point it’s about dollars and cents and if it doesn’t make sense for us, unfortunately, and I hope this isn’t the case, but we may just have to walk away.”

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