(MIAMI, FLA) — Miami residents forced to evacuate their unsafe building over a year ago will be able to move back into their condos at 5050 Northwest by next month, according to city officials. The residents were displaced 18 months ago, after the Surfside condo collapse sparked inspections, when city inspectors deemed the building unsafe. Even though the displacement may have saved the residents’ lives, they still struggled with the financial burden.
Some residents had to come up with rent money in addition to forking out roughly $5000 in special assessment fees.
The new board announced six weeks ago that contractors finished the main structural issues with the columns of the building.
“Six to eight structural columns had to be shored up from the bottom to the roof,” detailed Ace Marrero, city of Miami building director. “That was complex. Getting the financials they needed took a lot of time.”
“I understand their point because I’m in the same boat,” shared Hiubert Casdellon, who serves on the board of directors at 5050 NW. “I’m paying extra rent. I live in Hialeah.”