North Miami Seashore convicts “unsafe” housing and evacuates round 300 residents
NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Florida. – Officials from the North Miami Beach Buildings and Zoning Department condemned the Crestview Towers Condominium and ordered about 300 residents to evacuate on Friday. Some families did not find out about this until hours before the midnight deadline. People came home from work.
Some hurried to pack things in suitcases and garbage bags. They grabbed pets and plants. And about 150 residents had no accommodation by Friday evening. A white North Miami Beach Parks & Recreation bus and trolley were parked outside the condominium at 2025 NE 164th St. in North Miami Beach.
Drivers waited for local residents to need transportation to accommodation commensurate with the likelihood that Hurricane Elsa could hit South Florida. The American Red Cross helped set up the Miami-Dade County Fair and the E. Darwin Fuchs Pavilion of the Expo Center at 10901 SW 24th St. in University Park.
“We wouldn’t normally do that,” said Ron Book, chairman of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust. “We are in a unique time in this community … It was our goal to find a very quick solution.”
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Luis Gutierrez is one of dozens of residents who need to be evacuated. He woke up at the shelter on Saturday morning.
“I tried to get some sleep, but it’s not the same as sleeping in your apartment and that’s the problem,” he said.
“When the whole thing happened at Surfside and they said they were going to investigate, I knew it was coming,” said another resident, Sonia Bortolin.
For Bortolin, who has lived in the Crestview Towers for 27 years, the secret suspicion has finally been confirmed.
“I’m not shocked,” she said. “I mean, the certification was overdue. Our board of directors, which we had, has been very, very negligent over the years. “
A special commission meeting was held on Saturday evening at the Julius Littman Performing Arts Theater in North Miami Beach to discuss the evacuation.
North Miami Beach apartment is considered unsafe with hundreds of residents evacuated
City officials confirmed that engineers were hired on both sides to inspect the building.
A decision on the building will be made on Wednesday at the earliest, says the city administration.
After the tragic collapse of Champlain Towers South on June 24th, North Miami Beach officials launched a survey of the condominium high-rise buildings to see if they had been certified as habitable in compliance with the 40-year recertification process.
The 156-unit Crestview Towers Condominium was built in 1972. According to Arthur H. Sorey III, city manager, Crestview Towers submitted a January 11 report in which an engineer appointed by the association’s board of directors concluded that the building was “structurally and electrically unsafe. “Sorey said the city received the report around 2pm
“The report spoke of flaking concrete. We know this is a buzzword these days and when we saw that in the report we knew we had to act immediately, ”said Sorey.
Book said the building was sentenced around 4 p.m. Friday. He mentioned poor surface finish, concrete flaking and signs of moisture on balcony slabs. Harold Dauphin, who recently moved into the building with his son, was appalled that no one told him about this report before he moved in.
“If you walk around you can see some cracks in the walls and all,” said Dauphin. “Nobody knew. I didn’t know that the building was considered unsafe since January. And now we are what? July 2nd? Doesn’t make sense, six months later.”
Attorney Mariel Tollinchi, who represents the Crestview Homeowners Association, told Local 10 News that the association was unaware that the city was never informed of the report.
She said they felt the engineer would send the report directly to city officials.
“Were these finds ever brought to the residents?” asked local news reporter Trent Kelly.
“You are. You were actually back in September,” said Tollinchi. “All residents here were sent a notice of all pending repairs with pictures.”
But according to local residents we spoke to, they were told the repairs were purely cosmetic and they said they never knew the problems were this bad.
“I thought it was just a matter of time. However, I didn’t think it would be that drastic, ”said Bortolin. “I never imagined that they would evacuate the building … I knew we had problems, but not great.”
Officials say audits will continue on buildings across the city of North Miami Beach.
Displaced residents of the Crestview Towers are due to be relocated to a hotel on Monday.
“Everything now falls on the condominium association in terms of people returning to the building or declaring that the building is structurally unsafe to proceed,” Sorey said.
According to the city, North Miami Beach has activated a special hotline for building residents, which is open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. until further notice. The number is 786-589-4056.
Related document: January 11 report
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The Crestview Towers resident said she and her dogs need to find shelter. She says the building had “problems” but declined to indicate pic.twitter.com/T37QKnk5og
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The building in North Miami Beach has been classified as unsafe and residents are due to be evacuated
Editor’s Note: Local 10 News has pending requests for information from Crestview Towers Condominium Management Company and the Condo Association.
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