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.
Heavy overnight rains triggered the landslide that began in the vicinity of 739 S. Parkway Drive about 6:15 a.m. Tuesday, leading to the evacuation of 27 families. No one was injured but the Utrilla house was crushed.
Utrilla said the house was occupied by a dozen of his family members who came to Utah from Peru his parents, a sister, two brothers, a sister-in-law and six of his nieces and nephews. Eight of them were in the house when the landslide hit, Utrilla said, and scrambled to get out, some wearing only pajamas.
"They really feel it's a miracle that they're alive," said Utrilla, who is honorary consul to Peru in Utah.
Most of the families have returned, but four homes including the Utrillas' are considered too dangerous to occupy. Utrilla said the family hopes to be able to retrieve the possessions that are irreplaceable, such as journals and pictures.
The cause of the landslide has not been determined. North Salt Lake is looking into possible factors that contributed to it and gathering data on the slope to prepare a long-term plan to remediate the site.
SKY Properties, the marketing arm for Eaglepointe Development, had an evaluation conducted last year of the ground for Eaglepointe Estates, which is located about 950 S. Parkway Drive. In a June 2013 report, GSH Geotechnical determined the slope around the hilltop site, which is above the Utrilla home, was "globally stable."
City officials are wondering if any construction took place without a permit, including the installation of a retaining wall, that could have violated the study's recommendations.
All work by his company was approved, according to Kjar. He said Eaglepointe Development was "wiping aside all the conflicts" related to the landslide to focus on helping the Utrillas get a new home.
Assistance for the Utrillas
Eaglepointe Development, which built the North Salt Lake house that was destroyed in a landslide, is soliciting help for the owners through a website, utrillafamily.wordpress.com.
In addition, a fund to assist the family has been established at America First Credit Union under the name Utrilla Family Relief Fund.