Crestview Towers, a condominium tower closed and evacuated by the city of North Miami Beach due to structural concerns about building safety, has accumulated 39 code violations, including a non-functional fire alarm system. did.
“Because the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Team currently considers the building unsafe, Crest View Towers It must be closed and vacant until the breach is resolved, “the city said in a press release on Friday night.
Last Friday, July 9, a week after the city closed the building, the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Team re-inspected the building, including a non-functional fire alarm system and a non-functional emergency generator 39. The city said it had found a code violation.
Other violations included an incorrect number of exit lights and missing handrails.
In its report, MDFR demanded that fire alarm systems, fire pumps and emergency generators be fully operational, at least before residents return to the building. Fire Rescue also stated that the building would need to have its sprinkler system modified by January 1, 2024.
Miami-Dade County states that buildings are dangerous to live in
Based on these fires and safety breaches, Miami-Dade County considered it dangerous to live in an apartment, independent of the city.
Crest View Towers was built in 1972 and is covered In the county’s 40-year recertification process, This requires structural engineers to inspect old buildings to determine if they can still live safely. On June 24, a Champlain Towers South condominium partially collapsed on the surfside, killing nearly 100 people.
The city ordered the Crest View Tower close Also, on July 2, all residents were evacuated as a building inspection report at the beginning of the year revealed that their residence was unsafe due to structural and electrical issues.
On Friday, the city released the electrical and structural engineering portion of the 40/50 year recertification report for condominiums submitted to the city this week. According to these reports, the building is electrically and structurally safe and is inconsistent with what the county, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Team, and city have discovered.
In an electrical inspection report on July 9, Miami Brinson, a Miami consulting engineer hired by the condominium board, wrote:
“Except for 6 apartments (((# 214, #217, # 401, # 410, #917, #1003) And the whole pool/ Inspections have concluded that the pool deck area, the structure above, is electrically safe for current use and occupancy. “
Brinson also outlined some of the actions the Condominium Management Companies must take when residents return. For example, the owner of each condominium signs an affidavit within 48 hours of reusing the building, proving the installation of a functional smoke detector. He also asked to make sure that the emergency lights on the stairs were working and that the holes and penetrations in the walls, ceiling and floor of the electrical room were filled.
Fernando Azqueu, a structural engineer also employed by the condominium, determined that the building was structurally safe after visual inspection. Since the concrete is being repaired, the condominium can be safely moved in.
City disagrees with engineers hired in condos
Official J. Daniel Ozna of North Miami Beach Building disagreed with any of the conclusions made by structural or electrical engineers hired by the Condominium Association.
“Obviously, if the building isn’t electrically safe, we can’t agree that the building is structurally safe,” the line writes.
He said the city’s structural examiner submitted a question to the structural engineer, but the city did not receive an answer and the city could not complete the second recertification report review.
In addition to Miami-Dade County and Fire Rescue, Ozna also considered the condominium to be structurally and electrically dangerous.
It’s been almost a week since the residents became able to do it. Enter their house again.. Refugees were allowed up to 15 minutes to retrieve important items and were escorted by police officers.
Residents are struggling to find a place to live. Some are staying at hotels, while others are staying at family and friends’ homes.
The city did not indicate when the Crest View Tower would reopen.