Following recent public attention on outdated buildings in the ocean-side area of South Florida, a condominium finally announced a residential meeting about restoration projects for its decaying structures.
The tragic collapse of the Champlain Towers South, at 8777 Collins Ave last Thursday, June 24, has raised strenuous concerns over maintenance issues in Florida, where supposedly structural standards should have been strictly monitored by officials due to its vulnerability to hurricanes.
When tracking safety information for the sake of their own survival, multiple residents at Maison Grande Condominium, an 18-story building with 502 units, were horrified to realize that its conditions were no less alarming than the flattened Champlain Tower, reported by WPLG Local 10.
According to the outlet, the structure was taped with a red warning note of violation since December last year, labeling it “an unsafe structure.” This came after five inspections.
Much like the fallen Champlain South, the parking garage of Maison Grande also had rusted steel and spalling concrete pillars and ceilings.
Another user added her concerns about the plumbing system, saying, “Not only was the structure in awful shape, but the plumbing was full of old rotted pipes and failed hangers. Not to mention a million illegal repairs. This is not uncommon unfortunately.”
WPLG Local 10 was also able to capture one yellow-painted pillar inside the garage where the lower outer layer was decrepit enough to expose the steel frame inside it.
Not only the envelope of the building is problematic as the two-story parking garage and pool deck of the structure received warnings for their decaying conditions. An inspection found they “have reached the end of their useful life and require repair, replacement,” or “a combination thereof.”
“Structure with evidence of spalling concrete. Need to submit a report signed and sealed by [an] engineer to evaluate the structure together with methods of repairs,” wrote a city official in November last year.
But apparently, all the notifications received little attention until the collapse of the Champlain Tower alerted residents of Maison Grande Condominium they could suffer the same fate.
A Tweet by Billy Corben on June 29 quickly went viral, forcing a general meeting of the Miami Beach condo hours later about upcoming restoration projects for the dilapidated parts of the building.
Updating the announcement, Corben heard from a resident that such work has been “pending” for nearly 2 years.