After the deadly condo collapse at Surfside, Florida , an audit of similar buildings in Miami-Dade County prompted North Miami Beach authorities must evacuate and shut down another skyscraper after a summary safety report.
The Champlain Towers South building in Surfside collapsed on June 24, killing at least 97 in the early hours of the morning, while most of the victims were asleep. Then, on July 2, authorities in North Miami Beach said an inspector's report revealed serious structural flaws in the 10-story Crestview Towers 11 kilometers away.
Now the residentsThey can finally go home, but only to pack their bags. and move, the city announced on Wednesday.
A police patrol outside the Crestview Towers, which has been evacuated Friday after an audit triggered by the bruised collapseier of the Champlain Towers found the building structurally and electrically unsafe on Saturday July 3, 2021, in North Miami Beach, Florida (AP Photo / Lynne Sladky)
THE UPPER FLORIDA EVACUATED FOR STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS FOLLOWING THE SURFSIDE CONDO COLLAPSE
"From today, residents who wish to leave the building will be able to reserve an hour to access their accommodations and remove their personal belongings from next Monday, July 26, "a city spokesperson said in a statement. "There is no time limit on completing the move, as long as residents finish before the end of the day. However, moving times are limited by the fact that there is only one only functional elevator in the tower. "
Residents will be accompanied by municipal police escortson for safety reasons, but professional movers, friends, family or other caregivers will also be allowed.
Residents had only been allowed to collect essential items for the week last.
The evacuations took place after the board of directors of Crestview surrendered a building inspection report which revealed structural deficiencies.
"After the tragic collapse of the Champlain South Towers on June 24, North Miami Beach immediately initiated a thorough review of all high-rise buildings over five stories to determine whether they are in compliance with the recertification process of 40 years of the county and town and certified as safe for occupancy, "the town said at the time. "Today, Crestview Towers submitted a recertification report, dated January 11, 2021, in which an engineer retained by the association's board of directorsThe condominium ion concluded that the 156-unit building was structurally and electrically unsafe. "
The 11-page report, which the city released to the public, shows that engineer Robert Barreiro found beams, columns, walls and other damage to the building.
He also found cracks and chips throughout the structure and signs of moisture intrusion, as well only corroded rebar.
In a summary of the report he wrote that he found the building "structurally not (sic) safe for the specified use for continued occupancy.
He found the masonry of the building in "poor " condition and wrote that the exposed steel had suffered a "fair amount of corrosion throughout.
He recommended extensive concrete repairs. The report also found flawsin the building's electrical system.
"Major structural repairs will be needed ", the report read.