Developing: Residents Of Building On Coral Way Given 72 Hours To Vacate Building, Due To Structural Concerns

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On Friday, July 23rd, just 29 days after the tragic building collapse of the Champlain Tower South in Surfside that claimed the lives of 98 people, the City of Coral Gables gave residents 72 hours to vacate 730 Coral Way.

Sources tell Gables Insider that the City responded to and investigated reports of potential issues in the building.

Following a site visit, city staff requested a copy of recent structural reports. The City was provided a four-year-old report. The contents of the report have been requested by Gables Insider.

The City informed management that the report did not address the concerns and was too old. Staff’s concerns for the safety of the structure lead them to issue a 72-hour order to vacate the premises. If the building is not vacated in 72-hours, the power will be shut off.

The building, located in front of the Granada Golf Course, is just one block away from the David William, which as Gables Insider had previously reported has been plagued with issues in its parking garage since its construction in the 1960s due to water intrusion issues.

Both the David William and 730 Coral Way are located above the artesian aquifer that feeds Venetian Pool.

Gables Insider has learned that residents of 11-unit 730 Coral Way have already been asked to remove their vehicles from the building’s parking garage and the building’s pool is being emptied. Temporary structural supports are also being added. An emergency meeting of the building’s homeowners’ association had been scheduled for this morning.

This is a developing story.

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14 thoughts on “Developing: Residents Of Building On Coral Way Given 72 Hours To Vacate Building, Due To Structural Concerns

  1. No one has mentioned the issue of the Granada Golf Course in front of this building and others.
    3 years ago this Golf Course was refurbished.
    Since then when it rains like it does in Miami
    It is flooded. You think you live on a waterfront property. I have been told that some water pumps that it used to have, especially the one on the corner of Anderson and Coral Way, was removed during the refurbishing, was never replaced.
    With all the monies the City has, that every time a tree falls on the golf course and throughout the City they plant 3 more, why has this problem has not been addressed?

  2. The Venetian Pool is no longer ‘fed by the aquifer’ but uses water the County provides to all residents and pools. There are more high rises next to this 730 bldg and homes between the Venetian Pool, so should all those property owners be concerned about the structural conditions?
    This sounds like the way things are reported on local TV news, just a ‘drive-by’ commentary with little basis in facts…oh, we don’t have time for that, we have to move on to the car commercials that fill up most of local TV news.

  3. I do appreciate all the responses about the David William and other buildings in the Gables. The facts are clear to those of us who have no vested interest. The underground parking garage gets flooded several times a year, the water is visibly stained, looks like iron color. The pumps have been known to fail. Is it possible that the rebar could be damaged? Only a thorough check could tell. By the way, anyone keeping up with the news has to be aware that it is possible to have hidden damage. Wouldn’t it be reasonable to make sure that everything is ok before it is too late?

  4. I was born in Coral Gables in 1951.

    In my opinion, sea level rise will cause a mass exodus from Coral Gables by 2100.

    How is it possible elected City leaders are encouraging overwhelming development under these circumstances?

    Sincerely,

    Jackson Rip Holmes

  5. Thank you Kandace. Unfortunately, we are going to have individuals expressing their opinions, in which they have the right to do so. However, sadly, these individuals have no knowledge of what they are talking about and all they do is create gossip and misinformation.

    The 730 building required to vacate was built in 1986, therefore why would the city be aware of any structural deficiencies if the building is not scheduled for any inspection being less than 40 years old? Respectfully, the HOA should have been aware of the issues…it appears the maintenance was very poor.

    In regards to David William Condominium, this building is very well maintained. As owner of several condominium units in the area, I wish I could say the same for other condominiums.

  6. The David Williams hotel has gone through extensive certifications and dedicated structural engineering work. It’s irresponsible that you target this building which has been well managed with extensive pumps. Please kindly STOP creating an un-necessary panic in buildings where there isn’t an issue!

  7. Thank you Kandace. This constant harping about the DW as if were poorly constructed is unfounded. The DW does much upkeep that would even make Sakolsky (the Developer who was credited with taking exceptional care to build a quality structure) proud. There are numerous high rises in the area built over the acquirer, and with underground garages. The City approved their construction. Enough of being an alarmist or you will lose your credibility.

  8. Thank you, Ariel! Sounds to me like the City is ducking the broader issue. I am actually surprised the City hasn’t taken the lead in corroborating safety, particularly, considering our City Manager is the City’s former structural engineer. I guess the City has strong motivation in not having its tax base dinged.

  9. The city has been aware of this for 30 years and now give the residents 72 hours to vacate the building. That is not professionalism but irresponsibility on their part.

  10. BTW…Miami-Dade is built on the Biscayne Aquifer, 4,000 square miles of unusually shallow and porous limestone whose tiny air pockets are filled with rainwater and rivers running from the swamp to the ocean. Are you suggesting we may all have to evacuate the County as well?
    The City of Coral Gables prides itself with being very strict and thorough with permits & inspections. Some properties, condos & homes, may have some issues, but what happened in Surfside was due to many things gone wrong. Hopefully, one day, we will know. Until then, please stop alarming people needlessly.

  11. You keep mentioning David William Condo as if there are issues with it. After requesting the 40 year and 50 year reports, there are none. Yes, they have an underground parking, as many condos do, and any water issues are managed with the use of water pumps. The building is solid. Your “opinion” without all the facts is very troubling.

  12. Wow! Here we go. This is a very small building, when are the big ones, like the David Willian, going to be checked? What is the City waiting for? Another disaster?
    This is just an example of why we would like a building moratorium to have time to examine the structures already built as well as make sure that the buildings being proposed will be safe following the existing rules. Why does our City encourage, giving incentives, underground parking when over the aquifer? Why are some garages built right under some of our streets?
    The time has come to make sure that those that drive on our roads and/or live on those buildings are safe! Who is going to step up to the plate and speak up?

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