Hundreds residents of an unsafe eight-story condo building in Miami were ordered to evacuate

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Hundreds residents of an eight-story condo building in Miami, a 137-unit building, were ordered to evacuate after the building was deemed “unsafe”. “We felt the building occupants were not safe,” Miami Building Director Asael “Ace” Marrero told media. The building is located at 5050 Northwest 7th Street. Previosly, city authorities ordered the building’s officials to submit a plan to fix some issues, including damaged columns in the main building’s first floor, but never received any plans. The condominium was also found to be non-compliant with the city’s recertification process. Inspectors visited the property Monday and determined that the repair was “not adequate for the support” of its columns. City officials are working with residents to find temporary housing.

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As of Tuesday morning, city officials were still assessing the total number of residents that needed to be relocated.”We have a lot of elderly owners here that have no place to go,” resident Dmidry Asanov said. “Some have Covid, some can’t walk.”Construction rules for safety are attentively considered after the accident six weeks ago, when 98 people died in the collapse of the Champlain Towers South in nearby Surfside. Residents from several South Florida buildings have already been evacuated because of structural concerns.