Permit fees waived for homes destroyed by military jet

The San Diego City Council voted Monday to waive building permit fees for the owners of two houses destroyed when a military jet crashed into a University City neighborhood last December.

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The council’s action, approved on consent without discussion, also expedites the city’s review of building plans and permits for the reconstruction of the two destroyed houses.

A report submitted to the City Council says the “rebuilding of the houses will restore a sense of well-being within the neighborhood affected by the crash.’'

On Dec. 8, a disabled F/A-18D Hornet crashed into a University City house, killing four family members inside. The crash also destroyed a next-door residence that was unoccupied at the time.

The pilot, who was attempting to land at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, safely ejected from the aircraft.

Waiving the building permit fees for the two homes will cost about $16,000, which will either be reimbursed by the federal government or covered by the city’s general fund, according to the report.