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Woman Paralyzed by Covington Building Collapse Gets New Home

It has been a year and a half since a Pike Street building partially collapsed, sending a pile of bricks on top of a group of young students and chaperones.

One adult, Valerie McNamara, was paralyzed from the waist down.

Now, she'll have a new wheelchair-accessible home.

Sutter Homes and other contractor have donated their services to create a home called McNamara's Blessings on Rivershore Drive in Hebron. The price tag for the home i more than $936,000.

“She’s confined to three rooms she hasn’t seen her bedroom in 18 months,” said Lynn Sutter with Sutter Homes, in an interview with WXIX. “We were just committed to building them a home they could actually live in and she could get well in.”

The accident happened in September of 2016. Part of the former Steffen's Rental building fell on McNamara and others as workers were on the roof. The building and its neighbors have since been razed as part of the Duveneck Square mixed-use project.

The 5,900-sq. ft. home features wheelchair-accessible rooms, large shower, and height-appropriate microwave and double-oven to accommodate a wheelchair user.

There is also a handicap-accessible pool and a gym with an elevator.

The family plans to move in next week.

The home is featured in the Cavalcade of Homes, presented by the Industrial Builders Association of Northern Kentucky.

-Staff report

Image via Sutter Homes