Thursday, May 12 2022

By WFOR Staff

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MIAMI (WFOR) — Residents of a North Miami Beach apartment building have been ordered to pack up and leave after it was deemed unsafe.

Fifty-five families live in the five-story Bayview 60 Homes at 3800 NE 168th Street, which will be condemned around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Residents were told on Monday afternoon that they had to leave.

“I had my whole livelihood in there and you have to take it out in an hour or two. So it’s a bit surprising. That’s where I grew up. You have to understand what is important to you, what is not,” said Sebastian Rojas.

The city has set up a hotline for those with questions.

The owner had been repairing units since last July in preparation for the building’s upcoming 50-year recertification inspections. During this process, the owner and the city received a letter from the structural engineers informing them of critical structural issues and the need for immediate evacuation as the “deflection in the (floor) slabs exceeds the guidelines of the ‘ACI (American Concrete Institute) for two-way slabs.

All residents of the building will receive a full refund of April’s rent and get their security deposits back.

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