Demolition underway at Mayfair Mews Apartments, 4 years after jet crash

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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. - The demolition of Mayfair Mews Apartments in Virginia Beach is underway.

Michael Link lives behind the complex.

“I think it was inevitable that they were gonna tear down the building," Link said.

Earlier this year, residents found out their leases would be terminated on July 31.

On April 6, 2012, a Navy jet crashed into the apartment complex and the residents were displaced for more than a month.

Luckily, no one was killed.

In a letter sent to tenants earlier this year, management said they decided to demolish the building due to a number of reasons.

They're planning to redevelop the site.

Link wishes the building would not have been torn down.

“Hopefully they build something nice. Personally, I would have just liked to see it stay vacant. Make it a memorial. We could always use another park," He explained.

Most of the tenants were on a fixed income and are retired or disabled.

There is no word yet on when the site will be cleared.