Concrete Deterioration Discovered in a Miami Beach Apartment Building, Building Evacuated Until Further Notice
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – An online news story on AOL.com reports that city officials have evacuated a Miami Beach apartment building after inspectors detected concrete deterioration. According to an attorney for the building owners, the apartment building located at 6881 Indian Creek Drive is the latest building in Florida to be partially evacuated or evacuated since the Champlain Towers South condo building collapse in Surfside, Florida.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava ordered a complete audit of buildings in Miami-Dade County that are 40 years old or older and are five stories tall or taller. The order came only two days after the fatal Champlain Towers South condo building collapse on June 24, 2021. The Mayor also encouraged all county municipalities to follow suit, and she extended the county’s support. Cava stated that the audit would be completed within 30 days.
According to the news article, the Indian Creek Drive apartment building is two floors high and over 82 years old. Miami Beach officials did not respond quickly to requests for comment concerning what prompted the most recent review of the Indian Creek Drive apartment building or what led to the building’s evacuation.
One resident at the Indian Creek Drive apartment building and represents the owners told NBC News reporters that the city of Miami Beach just posted a notice to vacate the property. The report also states that the building’s owners are “diligently” working with the city after deciding to demolish the apartment building by December.
The building has begun to evacuate residents. However, fourteen residents have decided to remain in the building, he said. Miami Beach officials are giving those tenants until the end of the week to evacuate the building. According to the news report, the apartment building’s owners are helping residents move.
Residents of the Crestview Towers Condominiums in North Miami Beach are also being evacuated after building officials concluded the building was unsafe.
The Champlain Towers South building collapse resulted in the tragic deaths of ninety-four people as of Monday. Investigators still have not figured out what caused half the Champlain Towers building to flatten in the middle of the night. Building inspection documents released following the building’s collapse highlighted an engineer’s fears that the building had “major structural damage.” The engineer’s findings confirmed that there was “abundant cracking” and crumbling in the parking garage.
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