Landslide buyouts continue
ALMOST 11 months after a landslide
rumbled down a slope in Blueridge,
killing one woman and destroying two
houses, the District of North
Vancouver has closed deals to buy
out seven homes in the area
immediately affected by the slide.
August, the municipality announced
plans to buy out nine properties
directly above and below the damaged
escarpment, demolish the homes and
turn the neighbourhood back into a
province agreed to pay for 100 per
cent of the buy-back plan.
district has now completed deals for
four properties at the top of the
slope, including homes at 2157, 2191
and 2205 Berkley Ave.
municipality has also completed a
deal to buy out the property of
Jacqueline and Larry Perrault at
2175 Berkley Ave. where the slide
started that smashed through the
home of Michael and Eliza Kuttner.
The Perraults are still locked in a
legal battle with the district about
who is responsible for the slide.
the bottom of the slope, the
district has also taken ownership of
homes at 2290 and 2274 Chapman Way
and 2318 Treetop Lane.
the five properties for which sales
information is available, the
municipality paid anywhere from a
low of $606,937 for one house at
2290 Chapman Way to a high of
$747,000 for a neighbouring home at
Purchase prices ranged from $112,000
to $152,000 above the last available
assessed value of the properties.
District of North Vancouver
spokeswoman Colleen Brow said the
municipality expects the total of
purchase agreements to remain within
the $6 million estimated for the
district is expecting to finalize a
deal on an eighth property, where
the Kuttner home once stood at 2440
Chapman Way, within the next two
weeks, said Brow.
Kuttner family is still pursuing
legal action against both the
municipality and the Perraults.
Eliza Kuttner was killed when the
mudslide pushed a torrent of debris
through her house while her husband
Michael Kuttner is still recovering
from his injuries.
There is so far no deal, however, on
one of the nine houses originally
announced as part of the buyout.
Brow said after analyzing the
property owned by Nancy Van
Insberghe at 2430 Chapman Way "and
assessing its degree of risk" the
district and the province decided
they only needed to buy out a
portion of the property.
Last month, Van Insberghe sent a
letter to both district councillors
and council candidates pleading with
them to reconsider that decision. In
the letter, Van Insberghe said she
was "completely devastated" after
being told the district was no
longer willing to buy her home. Van
Insberghe said the January landslide
came within seven metres of
destroying her home and caused
structural damage. "I cannot live in
my home for fear of another slide,"
Brow said talks with Van Insberghe
are continuing but refused to
comment further. Calls to Van
Insberghe were not returned.
Nobody is living in any of the homes
the district has bought above or
below the slope. Brow said the
district plans to demolish the homes
during dry weather next spring or
published on 12/14/2005