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Published: Friday, Aug. 8 2014 6:00 p.m. MDT

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Russ
Salt Lake City, UT

Not sure how I feel about a $650,000 give away. Why won't their insurance cover the cost? Perhaps because they built the house on top of a sand pit. Is this an attempt by the developer to sweep it under the rug? Paying off a potential lawsuit that could cost them millions? I smell a very big rodent here.
I do think the family should be helped, but not at the hands of the community. The company should pay for it all and not hide behind a "charity event." Also, if you live up there you might consider moving before the next big rainfall or earthquake.

Nan BW
ELder, CO

I am suspicious of the motives of the development company too. It is totally heart warming to know of all the help that they have been given in this sad situation. That part is great, but somehow I can't feel very admiring of those who put this development in motion. Landslides aren't anything new, and those houses should not be there. My best wishes to all who are having to cope with this, but no best wishes to those turning the hillside into housing.

DEW
Sandy, UT

Wow, how sweet of them. But hey, what about some other home owners who lost their homes do to with similar events or homes had to be destroyed to make way on new highways. Remember this "Extreme Makeover", which was WAY over board show. This is fishy.

Hey It's Me
Salt Lake City, UT

It's nice to help but it is the engineers problem and builders problem, not the publics.
What about all those counties that the houses got 6 feet of mud in.To those people they bought a house they could afford why are we not doing fundraisers for them. Do we just feel bad for the rich people? It makes me sick to think the builder is trying to get the public to pay for it. (Probably trying to avoid a law suit!!!!

BobKjar
Humble, TX

Interesting how the people of North Salt Lake are always suspicious of someone who makes matters right. You should all be ashamed.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

It is good to see people helping people in need. This wasn't even an earthquake and everyone has a potential for this problem during real land shifts.

The city gave the permits and owns land in that area. The developer has some of the responsibility but the city is supposed to provide for the safety of it's residents through the whole process. There are sewer, water lines, electric and gas lines in that area, also. Gas lines break along with other problems during land shifts, great and even small at times. Water flows have been altered as natural drainage due to developments on the old lake line areas, especially with gravel pit extraction of the base rocks and plant life over the years. A lot of trucks took a lot of material out of that area for airports and roads, etc. It must have been a good supply of income.

hockeymom
Highland, UT

A giant home built on top of a poor location, and now everyone wants a "do-over"? They should save themselves some grief and build a modest home in a safe location, then they can afford to replace things inside and landscaping cost too - or hey - just let the developers buy one already built and landscaped, again, in a SAFE location. Lovely neighbors can be found everywhere and in 3 years some new neighbors will feel like family too. Do yourselves a favor and build somewhere you can breathe easy and sleep at night.

DonO
Draper, UT

This doesn't quite ring true. It's a nice PR move and doubtless will endear the developers to future home buyers, but it shouldn't let them off the hook if their policies contributed in any way to the landslide.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Will these richies also help the poors in Helper who had their town destroyed? It's just so easy for richies to help other richies, especially when it was their own terrible judgment to build there!

Are the thousands of homeless, single parents, and starving children worthy of their charity?

Maybe if a few schools had landslides our state would finally start funding education?

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

I'm pretty sure the developer is doing this to avoid a much costlier lawsuit.

mammalou
Somewhere in the USA, UT

"Will these richies also help the poors in Helper who had their town destroyed?"

I'm not sure about these "richies" but there was an outpouring of help for the citizens of Helper during their disaster also. While maybe the folks didn't have the means to pay for a new home it was amazing to see the help that came from all walks of life to help those people. Business sent equipment and manpower, teenagers, inmates anyone able .................people left at night.e unable to physically move from fatigue because of the work that was done to help their fellow neighbors. We give what means we have where we have. The "richies" you speak of have more money than time, luckily that was what was needed in their area. The people that helped in Helper may not have riches but their work was worth gold. Thanks to everyone who help during both disasters.

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