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From KSL News – September 10, 2014
NORTH SALT LAKE — The community rallied around a North Salt Lake family as they watched their house being demolished Wednesday morning.
A massive landslide flattened the Utrilla family’s home, damaged a recreation center and displaced other families in early August. Bulldozers are working on completing the house demolition on Wednesday.
The family said they are focusing on getting all their salvageable family heirlooms, antiques and belongings out of the place they once called home. Neighbors and friends are on hand to help pack things up.
“As soon as they give us the go ahead, we brought trucks and trailers and (will) just load everything to storage to where they are living at right now,” said neighbor Travis Castillon.
North Salt Lake city officials were also there to show their support to the Utrilla family.
Neighbors and Sky Properties, the developers of the original home, have donated nearly half a million dollars to help them build a new home. The family says they plan to build in North Salt Lake near their old home despite all that has happened because they love the community and the people.
Developers are working on a plan to prevent landslides from happening again in the mountainside neighborhood.
The article below appeared in the Deseret News – August 28, 2014 -
NORTH SALT LAKE — The list of donors continues to lengthen in an ongoing effort to build a house for the Utrilla family, who watched their home of three years collapse in the North Salt Lake landslide on Aug. 5.
As of Wednesday, $337,100 in cash, goods and services had been donated to the cause, according to utrillafamily.com. That includes a lot worth $130,000 that was donated by Sky Properties.
Eaglepointe Estates Vice President Scott Kjar says the developer hopes to raise $500,000 in addition to the lot to build and furnish a home of the same square footage as the one that was destroyed.
“There’s all sorts of people who are stepping up to help,” Kjar said. “We’re just gathering bit by bit to match the bases they had.”
Brighton Homes has offered to oversee construction, Colonial Building Supply will help provide lumber, and Shamrock Plumbing has agreed to install plumbing and fixtures, Kjar said. Best Buy has also agreed to replace the appliances that were damaged.
While the layout of the house will be different from the Utrillas’ former home, the square footage and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms will be the same. Once a floor plan is finalized, the city will expedite its approval so construction can begin, Kjar said.
“I would imagine we’re probably a month away before we break ground or take a building permit out,” he said.
The Utrillas are living in a model home not far from what’s left of their home on Eagleridge Drive. Family spokesman David Utrilla says it hasn’t been easy for the family to adjust to temporary housing, but they are “happy and excited” about the generosity of others working to restore permanence in their lives.
“My family’s very happy,” Utrilla said. “At the same time, the people who are helping, I think they are getting some satisfaction of having the ability to help somebody who is in need. I think this is really great for everybody involved.”
The Eaglewood Golf Course is preparing to host a benefit tournament on Sept. 26 where all proceeds will go toward helping the Utrilla family. Director of golf Brent Moyes said three four-person teams are signed up, and he hopes at least 20 teams in all will participate. Several businesses have already committed to sponsoring the event.
“I’ll have some pretty nice prizes to give away for the winning teams, but it’s not even really about that,” Moyes said. “Even though it’s a lot of work, it’s rewarding because people are responsive to this and it’s not a hard sell.”
Drilling on the slide is largely complete, and samples have been sent to a lab to measure the soil’s sheer strength, which partially determines a safe resting angle for the slope. The test results will be used to plan a remediation effort, which is expected to begin in October, according to North Salt Lake public works director and city engineer Paul Ottoson.
Ottoson said crews will start by removing soil at the top of the scarp and eventually work their way down to create a more stable slope. It’s likely crews will be able to work on the slide throughout the coming months, despite winter conditions, he said.
The Eaglewood Landslide Relief Golf Tournament is looking for businesses to participate with a hole sponsorship. The tournament will be held on Friday, September 26, 2014 and all proceeds will go to the Utrilla family who lost their home in the August 5th landslide.
A hole sponsorship is a nominal fee of $200. The sponsorship includes:
– Your company name on the scorecard
– Your company name on a sign on the tee box of your individual hole
– A gift certificate for four 18-hole rounds of golf including carts at Eaglewood Golf Course ($160 value)
We anticipate a field of over 120 players. Your sponsorship will help create an outstanding event for the participants and the community while giving notoriety to your business. Your help in sponsoring this event will be greatly appreciated by all involved. Please contact Brent Moyes or Aaron Brown at 801-299-0088 to become a sponsor. In order to give enough time for tee signs to be printed, we ask that you submit your sponsorship donation no later than Monday, September 20, 2014.
The Utrilla Charity Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, September 26th at Eaglewood Golf Course starting at 8:30 am. All proceeds from the golf tournament will go directly toward the building of a new home for the Utrilla family. Come spend a fun day golfing and know that your money is going toward a good cause.
The tournament will be a 4-person scramble. $500 per team (includes lunch and prizes). Businesses can sponsor a hole for $200. 8:30 am shotgun start.
Those interested in signing up for the golf tournament should contact Aaron (email@example.com) or Brent (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Eaglewood Golf Course - 801-299-0088
ABC 4 Utah story:
NORTH SALT LAKE (ABC 4 Utah) – Nearly a week after escaping with just the clothes on their back, the family whose house collapsed in the August 5th landslide was able to retrieve many of their possessions on Monday.
North Salt Lake City officials allowed members of the Utrilla family to get their clothes, valuables and important documents, including passports.
“This was a very important step for the family,” family spokesman David Utrilla said. David is the son and brother of the house’s owners.
The recovery effort expanded with the help of neighbors and lasted over three hours before wrapping up around 7:30 p.m. Trucks and SUVs left loaded with clothing, art, toys and electronics, including a big-screen television.
“We began pulling stuff out of the house and at that point it became obvious as we went through that we could get more and more stuff,” North Salt Lake City Manager Barry Edwards said. “So from that it bloomed into ‘Let’s just get everything out of the house that we possibly could’.”
At times, family members screamed and cheered when a favorite item was found.
“There are 12 people living in that home and every single person have their own sentimental value for different things,” Utrilla told ABC4 News. “So what you were hearing was cheers from a particular person saying ‘Oh I found my toy’ or ‘I found my documents’ ‘I found my medicine’.”
Utrilla, the honorary Peruvian consul in Salt Lake City, said things have been looking up for the family with Sky Properties promising to build them a new house last Friday and now being reunited with their belongings.
“They go through their ups and downs but this is a huge deal,” Utrilla said. “The personal belongings, the things that were of sentimental value was very important so I think after today they are going to be much better for sure.”
By Morgan Jacobsen, Deseret News
NORTH SALT LAKE — Edgardo and Elena Utrilla, along with their children and grandchildren, will never get back their home of three years after it crumbled in Tuesday’s landslide.
Scott Kjar, vice president of EaglePointe Development, announced Friday an initiative to provide a lot and to build a new house for the Utrilla family. The development, owned by Sky Properties, is heading the cause and asked community members to contribute.
“We have a value of bearing one another’s burdens,” Kjar said. “Today, we’re here to ask you to help us to bear their burdens … to get them a home.”
The family says the inherent risk of living on a steep hillside is one they’re willing to accept again to continue living alongside the neighbors with whom they’ve become close friends, especially in recent days.
For the family, the priority is to be close to the neighbors,” David Utrilla said. “For them, that is the family, too. They don’t want to be separated from their family.”
The developer will provide a lot — valued at about $130,000 — and is raising funds to offset the cost of a $500,000 home, according to Kjar.
The city plans to host a benefit golf tournament at the Eaglewood Golf Course on Sept. 26 in support of the Utrilla family.
Those who wish to contribute can do so at utrillafamily.com or through the Utrilla Family Relief Fund at America First Credit Union.
“Our commitment is to get them a home,” Kjar said. “We invite everyone to help out and participate.”
EaglePointe would head similar initiatives should the three other displaced families be permanently unable to move back into their homes, he said.
Until then, the developer is providing temporary housing for the four families.
Community members have also stepped forward in meeting the immediate needs of everyone affected, Utrilla said.
“We have a lot of words of gratitude to our neighbors and our friends,” he said. “Such an overwhelming number of people calling, emailing, asking, ‘How can we help?'”
Janice Nielson, Relief Society president of a neighboring LDS Church ward, said members have provided meals, clothing and bedding for the families.
“People were very, very willing and very quick in their responses,” Nielson said. “It was a large outpouring of care. They’re very mindful of one another, very united that way.”
Utrilla said the family contacted their insurance company on the day of the slide to see if their home or anything inside of it would be covered.
“The insurance agent came and looked at it, and they notified us a couple of days ago that there is nothing they can do. There is no money that they can pay for anything,” he said.
Kjar said crews will attempt to salvage as much from the Utrilla’s home as possible when it’s deemed safe to begin removing the remains.
While the family looks forward to a new home, much of what was lost can’t be replaced.
“There are a lot of (photographs), journals, things that have passed from one generation to another that are material of course, but you can’t replace that,” Utrilla said of his parents’ home. “Everything they have has been buried there in that home.”
Crews installed a road onto the slide Thursday and will install monitoring equipment over the weekend to gather information critical to forming a construction plan.
David Utrilla’s mother, Elena, sat quietly through the announcement of what was to come for her and her family. But a smile revealed her hope in overcoming a loss that, at times, has been overwhelming.
“I’ve been able to see the hands of many angels that have helped us. … I feel very happy and at peace, and that the Lord is with me,” Elena Utrilla said in Spanish. “It’s too much, the love of this community.”
Eaglepointe Development is asking for community, construction industry assistance to build new home.
By Pamela Manson
North Salt Lake • Members of an extended family whose house was destroyed this week in a landslide could have a new roof over their heads within months.
Eaglepointe Development — which built the home that collapsed Tuesday as rocks and mud washed down on it — announced Friday it is donating a $130,000 lot in the same neighborhood to the Utrilla family and working to raise the estimated $500,000 to build a new house there.
Scott Kjar, the company’s vice president, said Eaglepointe has set up a website, utrillafamily.com, in response to the many calls from neighbors, fellow members of the family’s LDS ward and community members wanting to help. In addition to soliciting the public’s help, the company is asking its associates in the construction industry to contribute to the effort, he said.
In general, it takes four to six months to build a new house, Kjar said. The Utrillas, who are staying in two Eaglepointe condominiums, owned their home free and clear, he said.
The news was a relief to the family, according to David Utrilla, a relative who lives in his own home nearby.
“If nothing else, it takes away the uncertainty,” he said.
After losing their home in a landslide on August 5, 2014, the Utrilla family had been temporarily relocated to a nearby property owned by development group EaglePointe Development. Today, reps from EaglePointe Development made the announcement that they will work to build the Utrillas a brand new home, raising funds from community members and other builders to cover the cost of the entire project.
A donation page is currently being set up for those who want to contribute to help the Utrillas rebuild after such a devastating loss.