Crestview Towers, about seven miles north of the Surfside condo building that collapsed last week, was deemed to be structurally and electrically unsafe based on a delinquent recertification report for the almost 50-year-old building, said City Manager Arthur H. Sorey III.
The report was dated January 11, 2021, and was submitted Friday, Sorey said. An engineer retained by the condominium association concluded in the report that the building was structurally and electrically unsafe, Sorey said.
Crestview, built in 1972, had not undergone the recertification process required for buildings 40 years old, according to Sorey.
“And that’s what pushed us to push the issue of their compliance, and then that’s when they submitted their report,” the city manager said, adding a 30-day notice of closure was posted by the city yesterday. The condo’s report was submitted to the city around 2 p.m. Friday, he said.
The collapse of the Champlain Towers South last week prompted the city to launch a review of all high-rise condo buildings above five stories.
Crestview has 156 units, Sorey said. The manager said he doesn’t know how many residents the building has.
The city is aiming to evacuate residents within two to three hours, but Sorey said it is likely to take all night.
“We know people are working jobs and second jobs, and we’ll be here all night to help people get out,” Sorey said.
The city is working with the Red Cross to find temporary shelter for displaced residents who do not have a place to stay, he said.
“Nothing is more important than the safety and lives of our residents, and we will not rest until we ensure this building is 100% safe,” Sorey said.
CNN has reached out to Crestview’s condominium association for comment.