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Miami Beach condo building evacuated near deadly collapse

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MIAMI BEACH (AP) — Evacuation orders suddenly evicted residents of a 14-story beachfront building on the same street. apartment collapse I killed close to 100 people last year.

Miami Beach spokesperson Melissa Barthier said in an email that the city posted an unsafe construction notice on a Port Royal condo on Thursday night.

A structural engineering report prompted the evacuation of 164 units of the structure that were in the process of undergoing the required recertification. Technicians discover that a main support beam identified as needing repair 10 months ago is out of alignment, cracks in the beam are growing, and other structural supports need repair as well. The report says it could be

Renovation contractor Marash Markaj, who has lived in the building for more than six years, said the damage goes beyond a single support beam.

“I’ve seen this issue for years,” Markazi told the Associated Press. He tried to report problems such as cracks in the pillars and standing water in the garage area to the building manager and the city’s construction department.

“I never got a response,” he said, adding that he felt “dangerous” living in the building and the way it was maintained.

In a letter to the city, Inspection Engineers Inc. said it was working to obtain city permits to install a “comprehensive shoring system” within 10 days. Then another inspection of the building, built in 1971, will take place.

During an inspection about 10 months ago, engineers discovered “an area of ​​concern that we have designated as a priority for repair,” Arshad Vioar said in an email sent to the Miami Beach Building Department.

The building association chose a contractor and repairs began about four weeks ago. The company that inspected the building was asked to oversee the work and said this week that “one of his main beams in the garage had about a ½ inch of structural deflection, widening an existing crack that needed repair. I noticed,” he said Vioar. said in an email.

A handful of condominium residents who returned to the scene Friday morning to see what was going on included 71-year-old Felicia Flores, who has lived in the building for 15 years, and is now with her daughter nearby. We live together. She passed me walking her little dog. She said work has been going on at the building for several weeks, but something changed on Thursday.

“I had to leave suddenly because there was something more serious going on,” Flores said.

Miami Beach officials said condo owners who rented out their units are required under local law to cover temporary housing for renters for up to three months or until the building becomes habitable again. is hooked to the

Sammy Bosch, who lived in the building for nine years, said residents were given little time to move out. They were told at 5pm on Thursday that they had to be out by 7pm.

“I don’t know exactly what’s going on inside, but I can’t be here, that’s all,” Bosch said Friday morning as he returned on his scooter to observe the scene. .

Port Royal is about 1.3 miles (2 km) south of the Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside, Florida, where 98 people died in June 2021.

of Disaster at Surfside’s 12-Story Beachfront Condo responded to the largest non-hurricane emergency in Florida history. This includes rescue teams from across the country and as far afield as Israel to help local teams search for victims.

Other buildings in South Florida have been evacuated amid similar safety concerns since Surfside’s collapse.

The disaster Structural integrity of an aging condominium Throughout Florida, and especially along its coastline, the state has since moved to tighten laws requiring inspections and periodic recertification of buildings.

Miami-Dade County is requesting recertification for the first time in 40 years, and the Surfside building was undergoing its recertification process when it collapsed.

A new state regulation, signed into law in May, Building receives first recertification after 30 yearsor 25 within 3 miles (5 km) of shore, and every 10 years thereafter.

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