MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Residents of a Miami Beach condo building were forced to suddenly evacuate on Thursday.
According to officials, the City of Miami Beach is posting an unsafe structure notice on The Port Royale building located at 6969 Collins Avenue.
Residents said they got word on Wednesday that the building would need to be evacuated, but it wasn’t until Thursday that they were given a few hours to leave.
The notice requires residents to vacate immediately. This is based upon a report from the building’s structural engineer, the city said.
The building contains 164 units.
Residents were told they had until 7 p.m. to get out of the building.
The condo property is in the process of undergoing its 50-year recertification.
Marsh Markaj told Local 10 News’ Cody Weddle he works in construction and had noticed problems in the building, showing videos and photos of issues he raised two years ago.
“Cracks in the column, cracks in the base, in the garage, behind the pool, everywhere,” he said. “It’s not possible to fix this, I don’t think so.”
According to city officials, significant damage was found in a concrete beam in the garage level.
Images attached to an official inspection report showed damage to walls of the building, water leaking into an electrical gutter and chipping and spalling on columns in a parking area.
The report indicates that it could take an estimated 10 days to install the proper repair work, after which an inspection will need to be passed in order for residents to be allowed back into their homes.
The inspection report was provided to Local 10 News by the City of Miami Beach and can be seen below:
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