On the EDGE with a Sinking Feeling as Home on Edgewood Red Tagged Due to Sink Hole

South San Francisco, CA                            November 27, 2015

The 10 foot deep sink hole happened in the area the grandkids play daily. Photo: Adam Ornellas

The 10 foot deep sink hole happened in the area the grandkids play daily.
Photo: Adam Ornellas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Only a half hour earlier we were sitting there having our coffee. We had noticed some new cracks and measured them, and went back into the house.” Adam Ornellas said about the shocking event that happened on Thanksgiving morning around 9:30am  “Then my wife hears a loud noise and looks out the yard – it had disappeared into a sink hole! This is where our grandkids play nearly everyday!”

Soon after the construction started adjacent to 1240 Edgewood Way, Ornellas’ started documenting his concerns and bringing them to the attention to those related to this project on the 1.7 acre lot formerly home to the Cuneo Farm. Having lived in this home for 41 years he is well versed on the topography of the land, and even more so of his retaining wall which separated his lot from the level farm lot which appears to have been breached during construction.

While the facts are still being investigated the Ornellas home has been red tagged as the reported 20 feet wide and 10 feet deep continues to undermine the foundation of their home. No one is sure how much larger this sink hole will continue.

South City firefighters were on scene for over 8 1/2  hours on Thanksgiving, along with other City officials and management of the development, City Ventures.  “Our City manager Mike Futrell seems dedicated to seeing this resolved, and quickly.” we were told by neighbors on the block. “The fire fighters even offered to come back and help us pack up our home” Ornellas added as he looked for some positive in the middle of this chaos.

Other neighbors share worry over the construction project as the home owner of 1256 Edgewood explained his personal distress. “No one asked for permission to take 5 feet of my yard.  They did this without my knowledge – I came home to find this” as he points to the area that had been part of his yard, which now has a direct drop of over 8 feet. Currently the developers are using this area to construct a new retaining wall, of which he believes, he will be responsible for since it is on his property.  On top of that, the foundation for the retaining wall was only partially poured which brings alarm of more failure to come. “With so many projects being developed in this City, does anyone really have the time to keep watch on it all, how many things are being signed off that maybe shouldn’t be?” another neighbor asked.  We were also informed that 2 wells from underground aquifers were capped with cement and neighbors would like to know where the water was redirected, especially as El Nino threatens a potentially wicked winter.

Right now the immediate issue is finding a safe local place to park two of the trucks that are holding the Ornellas family furnishing and belongings. In addition they are looking to rent a home similar to theirs, a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in Sunshine Gardens – with a family room.

Adam’s wife Mary is a South City native and Adam has coached our kids for decades and now is the time we need to step up to help them out. Please if you have any leads on a home for them, or a place to park the trucks until they can figure out the next step, contact us at EverythingSouthCity@gmail.com

This is an ongoing situation and we will bring updates as we can. This evening (Friday 11.27.2015) Channel 2 News will be reporting on this during the 10pm broadcast.

 

Within half an hour the crack grew from 3" to 6" Photo: Adam Ornellas

Within half an hour the crack grew from 3″ to 6″
Photo: Adam Ornellas

 

Ornellas started measuring the cracks between his home and the walkway

Ornellas started measuring the cracks between his home and the walkway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The property boundaries can be seen up against the trench dug by contractors Photo: Adam Ornellas

The property boundaries can be seen up against the trench dug by contractors. The trench was as deep as the diggers, one neighbor said.
Photo: Adam Ornellas

 

The 20 foot side yard has sunk Photo: Adam Ornellas

The 20 foot side yard has sunk
Photo: Adam Ornellas

 

What once was an even grade has been compromised Photo: ESC

What once was an even grade has been compromised
Photo: ESC

 

The Ornellas home at the right from the construction side. The house at 1256 Edgewood has had 5' of land taken for construction of retaining wall Photo ESC

The Ornellas home at the right from the construction side.
The house at 1256 Edgewood has had 5′ of land taken for construction of retaining wall
Photo ESC

 

Neighbors complain about shoddy work and point out a retaining wall cement pour that was left incomplete and without

Neighbors complain about shoddy work and point out a retaining wall cement pour that was left incomplete pointing to more potential problems. Photo ESC

 

What was once a gentle grade is now a 10 foot drop from the existing property at 1256 Edgewood where concerns about possible improper cement pour

What was once a gentle grade is now a 10 foot drop from the existing property at 1256 Edgewood where concerns about possible improper cement pour for the retaining wall continues. Photo ESC

 

How the properties looked prior to construction Google

How the properties looked prior to construction
Google

 

The Ornellas home prior to construction Photo Google

The Ornellas home prior to construction
Photo Google

1256 Edgewood Way before construction as you can see the yard extended with a gentle slope covered in vegetation to prevent erosion. Photo: Google

1256 Edgewood Way before construction as you can see the yard extended with a slope covered in vegetation to prevent erosion.
Photo: Google

2 comments for “On the EDGE with a Sinking Feeling as Home on Edgewood Red Tagged Due to Sink Hole

  1. Laura Peradotto
    November 27, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Sorry Adam and Mary.

  2. LAURA FANELLA
    December 8, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Very well done article Madam Editor.

    It breaks my heart to see Adam and Mary going through this, especially at Mary’s favorite time of year. Although this particularly affected the Ornella’s, everyone on the block and all the first responders including city government folks could only be thankful that no one got hurt. The following days of packing up the house and moving everything to safe storage to preserve those oh so precious memories.

    So we’ve gone from hours of vibration, noise, dirt, and rodents to virtual silence and a darkened home with yellow tape around it and a family devastated by the erosion of their home.

    I can’t understand for the life of me how a retaining wall could be compromised like this. The builder had to have known the wall could collapse..even gophers could figure this one out!! Folks beware when a development comes to your neighborhood. We’ve seen problems at Buri Buri and now Sunshine Gardens. It might just be more important to check the details and worry less about the colors and water resistant landscaping!! Just who is guarding the henhouse anyway?

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