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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.