al-Qaida hijackers Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi lived here while receiving flight training to prepare for their act of war perpetrated against the United States of America on September 11, 2001.
The building was torn down on Friday, February 26, 2010.
'"It is one of life's little treats to be able to demolish a property like that, where a monster used to reside," investor Bryan Grosman was quoted as saying by NBC Miami.
Grosman said he soon would replace the two-story, 13-unit apartment with a pool and a parking lot to service a nearby property that he also owns. Besides its terrorist associations, the apartment at 1818 Jackson St. in Hollywood, Fla., was scheduled for demolition because of about 55 safety code violations since 1999.
Atta and al-Shehhi are recorded as living in the residence for two months in spring 2000, leaving behind a trail of food, refuse and discarded clothing, according to Just News. The final occupant of apartment 3A, where the terrorists lived, was Madelyn Karpowicz, a 65-year-old woman who told The Associated Press she knew of the 9/11 connection.
"At first it was a little disconcerting," she said last month. "There were times when I said, 'God, do I want to live in an apartment that was used by murderers?'" The AP also noted that Karpowicz and the other remaining tenants accepted Grosman's offer to vacate the premises by Jan. 31 in exchange for one month's free rent.
The building was erected in 1962 and last valued at $589,000. It was considered a "dump" by many former renters, reported CBS affiliate Local 4: "Leaves, beer cans and old newspapers litter[ed] the entrance."'