North Miami Beach condemns ‘unsafe’ condo, evacuates about 300 residents

North Miami Beach building and zoning department officials condemned Crestview Towers Condominium and ordered about 300 residents to evacuate Friday. Some families learned about it just hours before the midnight deadline. There were people just coming home from work.

Some rushed to pack stuff in suitcases and garbage bags. By Friday night, about 150 residents didn’t have a place to go to. There were buses parked outside of the condominium, at 2025 NE 164th St., in North Miami Beach, ready to take them to a temporary shelter.

The American Red Cross helped to set it up at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Expo Center’s E. Darwin Fuchs Pavilion, at 10901 SW 24th St., in University Park.

After the tragic collapse of Champlain Towers South on June 24, North Miami Beach officials launched a review of condo high-rise buildings to determine compliance with the 40-year recertification process to determine if it was certified as safe for occupancy.

The 156-unit Crestview Towers Condominium was built in 1972. According to Arthur H. Sorey III, the city manager, Crestview Towers submitted a Jan. 11 report showing an engineer retained by the association board concluded the building “was structurally and electrically unsafe.”

“The report spoke of spalling concrete. We know that is a buzzword these days, so when we saw that in the report, we knew we had to act immediately,” Sorey said.

This report mentioned poor surface conditions, concrete spalling, and signs of moisture on balcony slabs. Harold Dauphin, who recently moved to the building with his son, was appalled that nobody told him about this report before he moved in.

“If you walk around, you see some cracks in the walls and stuff like that,” Dauphin said. “Nobody knew. I didn’t know that the building was deemed unsafe since January. And now we are what? July 2nd? Makes no sense, six months later.”

Related document: Jan. 11 report

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Crestview Towers resident said she and her dogs have to find a place to stay. She says the building has had ‘issues’ but declined to specify pic.twitter.com/T37QKnk5og

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