One building has already been closed due to scrutiny after the collapse of the surfside. What else do you have?

The problem of a time bomb exploding when a building collapsed on June 24, behind the upscale beachfront façade of Champlain Tower South Condo (which can take years for investigators to find) Problem) was hidden.

48 hours after the collapse of Champlan Tower South Condo, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava Ordered an audit The number of at least five-story buildings that require 40 years of recertification required by the county but have not received it. Several cities, including Miami and Sunny Isles, have taken similar steps.

“With great care” Friday North Miami Beach Ordered to close 156 buildings immediately Evacuated after inspection revealed unsafe structural and electrical conditions. The county also informed the northeastern Miami-Dade building that it needed four balconies. “Immediate closure” Due to safety concerns, Levin Cava told reporters on Tuesday.

What are the other structural and maintenance issues hidden behind the façade that may look “nice” like the Champlan Tower? Just asking that question may scare the inhabitants of many buildings who hadn’t reconsidered this issue a week or so ago.

The county found it there 24 apartment or condominium buildings Herald’s Doug Hanks reported that he was facing an insecure structural breach due to lack of certification.That does not mean they have such structural damage Reported in Champlan in 2018 Or someone’s life is at stake. One county-owned building was found to be “structurally safe” by a 2015 inspection, but was quoted due to delayed improvements in parking lot lighting.

Still, this shows that the system we are deploying to ensure that the condo is safe is not absolutely certain.As the Herald Editorial Board said earlier, a 40-year recertification period Needs to be reassessed.

Recertification issues

Buildings that fail through the recertification process must be displayed in front of the county’s insecure structural committee (some municipalities have their own committee).

County Commissioner Raquel Regalado told the Herald Editorial Board:

“Usually the unsafe structure committee doesn’t want to go to that step and tell people to evacuate, but this collapse has already changed that,” she said.

We bet — and hope — she’s right.

Another problem Legalado pointed out is that it can take four to six years to complete the recertification (Champlan actually started the process early and was still doing it). It’s the time it takes the county to send a notice, and the association could hire an engineer or architect, hold a meeting with the condominium owner, and push back the costs associated with the repair.

Regalado said he would investigate whether the county could send these notifications sooner. She also wants to consider adding revetments to the certification process, which is currently considering structural conditions and electrical systems.

Not all buildings are skyscrapers

Although the focus since the collapse was, of course, on skyscrapers, many of Miami-Dade’s buildings were smaller and did not meet the auditing standards required by, for example, Levin Cava and the City of Miami. The city ordered the inspection of structures on the sixth floor and above.

However, many small apartments, such as parts of Little Havana, are located in areas where blacks and low-income earners live.

“They have to expand it [audit] Especially in Overtown and Liberty City, many of the buildings in the city center are at least 2-4 stories high, so they are mid-rise buildings. ” Daniela Pierre, The president of the Miami-Dade branch of the NAACP told the editorial board.

From time to time, these apartments are in a filthy state that is not dealt with by absentees or greedy landlords who know that the resident has nowhere else to go. What if I get a complaint from a tenant? They are facing intimidation, intimidation, and sometimes even being notified of evictions, Pierre said.

Inspecting all these buildings can be a daunting task. But they cannot be forgotten. Herald’s investigation found that a $ 24 million crude repair project funded by taxpayers in the Opalocka multi-dwelling Glorieta Gardens put residents in a worse position than before. It was only three years ago. Moldy and dilapidated apartment..

In reality, many buildings may not be on the verge of collapse, but they still endanger Miamians’ health with poor maintenance and toxic mold.

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