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Residents of evacuated high-rises in North Miami Beach may move back — but only to relocate after Surfside collapse

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After the deadly flat collapse in Surfside, Florida., an audit of similar buildings in Miami-Dade County led North Miami Beach authorities evacuate and close another high-rise building after sketchy safety report.

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The Champlain Towers South building in Surfside collapsed on June 24, leaving at least 97 dead in the early morning hours as most of the victims were asleep. On July 2, North Miami Beach authorities said an inspector’s report revealed serious structural defects to the 10-story Crestview Towers building, 7 miles away.
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Now residents can finally return, but only to pack up and leave, the city said Wednesday.

Police patrol outside Crestview Towers, which  was evacuated Friday after an audit following the deadly Champlain Towers collapse found the  building structurally and electrically unsafe Saturday, July 3, 2021, in North Miami Beach, Florida.  (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky )
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Police patrol outside Crestview Towers, which was evacuated Friday after an audit following the deadly Champlain Towers collapse found the building structurally and electrically unsafe Saturday, July 3, 2021, in North Miami Beach, Florida. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky )

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“Starting today, residents who wish to leave the building will be able to reserve a time from Monday, July 26, to access their units and remove their property,” a city spokesperson said in a statement. “There is no time limit to complete the move, as long as residents are ready before the end of the day. However, departure times are limited by the fact that there is only one working elevator in the tower.”

Residents will be accompanied by city police escorts for security reasons, but professional movers, friends, family or other helpers are also allowed.

Since last week, residents were only allowed to pick up essential items.

The evacuations came after the Crestview condo board filed a building inspection report finding structural deficiencies.

“Following the tragic collapse of Champlain Towers South on June 24, North Miami Beach immediately launched a thorough assessment of all five-story condominiums to determine whether they meet the county and city’s 40-year recertification process and are certified as safe. for habitation,” the city said at the time. “Today, Crestview Towers filed a recertification report, dated Jan. 11, 2021, in which an engineer recruited by the condo association board concluded that the 156-unit building was structurally and electrically unsafe.”

The 11-page report, which the city has made public, shows that engineer Robert Barreiro found worn beams, columns, walls and other damage to the building.

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He also found cracks and splinters throughout the structure and signs of moisture ingress, as well as corroded rebar.

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In a summary of the report, he wrote that he did not find the building “structurally (sic) safe for its specified use for continued occupancy.”

He found the building’s masonry to be in “poor” condition, writing that exposed steel “had suffered quite a bit of corrosion throughout.”

He advised extensive concrete repairs. The report also found extensive faults in the building’s electrical system.

“Significant…structural repairs will be required,” the report said.

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