NORTH SALT LAKE – The owners of a North Salt Lake real estate development have stepped up to help the Utrilla family, whose home was destroyed by a landslide on Tuesday.
Scott Kjar, one of the partners in Eaglepointe Estate spoke to members of the media and announced that his company would donate a $130,000 lot of the family’s choice anywhere within the subdivision.
Kjar also asked for community and business donations to help build a new home for the Utrillas, and hoped to raise another $500,000.
“We invite everyone to share their burden and get them back into a home,” said Kjar.
Family spokesman Davis Utrilla also spoke during the news conference and thanked Kjar and his partners for taking responsibility.
David’s parents, his adult siblings, nieces and nephews all barely escaped the slide in the early hours of August 5.
Utrilla said the family lost everything in the slide, and that some things cannot be replaced.
Even so, Utrilla expressed thanks to all who’ve donated to the family since the massive slide toppled the home into rubble.
“If you had to pick a place for something like this to happen, this is the right place,” said Utrilla. “People have been so wonderful to our family.”
Kjar was confident that they will be able to collect the money needed to build a new home for the Utrillas, but said Eaglepointe Estates would be prepared to help out if more funds were needed or if fundraising efforts didn’t reach $500,000.
As for the slide itself, NSL City Manager Barry Edwards addressed reports that the developers might have been engaged in construction activities that were not covered by permits.
Edwards said the “extra activities” include excavation, retention wall work and other construction. He did not know if the “outside” activities had anything to do with the slide.
During the conference, Kjar said he’d never heard of any such activities.
In the coming weeks, Edwards said more monitoring equipment will be installed to measure the slide and ground structure beneath it before crews can begin removing the soil and debris from the site.
Kjar said once the site is cleaned up, the spot where the Utrilla home once stood will not be used to build another home.
David Utrilla said the family hopes to move to lot nearby and if possible, on the same street.
Those wishing to help the family can make a donation at any America First Credit Union under the “Utrilla Family Relief Fund.”
Those who want to donate to the family’s new home can do so by going to UtrillaFamily.Wordpress.com.