Barn-raising - make that cottage building - is under way at the Utah Boys Ranch's new campus in West Jordan.

The private residential facility sold its original 20-acre farm last year in order to finance its new ranch-size, 77-acre facility. Executive Director D. Chris Buttars said five cottages, planned to house 60 boys as well as home parents, are scheduled for completion in September. The first phase of the four-phase project will cost $1.9 million.Officials say the local residential youth facility has been designed from the ground up. "We're pretty well convinced that in the 26 years that the Boys Ranch has existed we're needed more now than ever," Buttars said.

A host of local politicians and dignitaries, including ranch founder Lowell Bennion, turned out for shovel-turning festivities during Tuesday's groundbreaking.