Greater than 300 residents of the North Miami Seashore Apartment have been evacuated after the construction was categorised as unsafe
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A North Miami Beach condo building has closed and residents are being evacuated Friday after an audit and site inspection report described unsafe structural and electrical conditions.
The City of North Miami Beach ordered the immediate closure of the 156-unit Crestview Towers Condominium at 2025 NE 164th St. and the evacuation of its 300+ residents.
“The city has taken great caution in ordering that the building be closed immediately and residents evacuated for protection while a full structural assessment is carried out and the next steps determined,” said Arthur H. Sorey III, City Manager, North Miami Beach . “Nothing is more important than the safety and lives of our residents and we will not rest until we make sure this building is 100% safe.”
After the tragic collapse of Champlain Tower South in Surfside, Miami-Dade County’s Mayor Daniella Levine Cava proposed an audit of buildings 40 years old and older.
Sorey requested a review and review of all high-rise condominiums over five floors to see if they passed the county and city’s 40-year recertification process and were certified as habitable on June 29.
After the department’s files showed that Crestview was non-compliant, an inspector went to the building on Friday to inquire.
On the same day, the Crestview Towers building manager brought a recertification report dated Jan. 11, 2021 to the North Miami Beach Buildings division, where the association’s engineer deemed the property unsafe.
The city of North Miami Beach is working with the American Red Cross to find temporary shelter for displaced residents who have no other shelter.
Crestview Towers was built in 1972.
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