Aug 10, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Miami orders residents to evacuate "unsafe" 8-story condo building

An eight-story condo building in Miami was evacuated this week after city officials deemed the building "unsafe," AP reports.

The big picture: The evacuation follows the tragic collapse of the Champlain Towers in nearby Surfside, which killed 98 people. Since the Surfside collapse, officials in southern Florida have evacuated several buildings due to structural issues, according to the Miami Herald.

Driving the news: Residents of the Miami building were ordered to leave by Tuesday morning.

  • The building failed to obtain its 40-year recertification as safe to occupy and was later put on notice July 7, per AP.
  • An inspection found multiple structural issues, including damaged columns on the main building's first floor.
  • The building's officials did not submit plans to correct the structural concerns, and they didn't file permits to make the repairs, per AP.

What they're saying: “We felt the building occupants were not safe,” Asael Marrero, a Miami building director, said, per the Herald.

  • City officials are working to find temporary housing for those affected, per the Herald.
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