Owners will pay an appraisal ranging from $80,190 for a one-bedroom unit to $336,135 for the building’s four-bedroom penthouse owners. according to the documents sent to the residents of such buildings Prepayment due or choose to pay monthly fees for 15 years is July 1.
A detailed list of planned repairs includes a new paver. farmer landscape and waterproofing It addresses some of the issues identified in the 2018 Engineers Report warning how leaking water can deteriorate concrete. The most costly projects are “Repairs of facades, porches and stair railings” cost $3.4 million.
The 2018 report was prepared for the Condo Association. It had previously estimated that necessary repairs to the Surfside, Florida building would cost about $9.1 million. It was unclear whether the problems identified by Frank Morabito, the structural engineer who produced the report, contributed to the disaster. or not
The massive appraisal bill came as an unwelcome surprise for owners of 136 units.
Isabel Aguero, the owner of a condo on the 11th floor of the still standing building, said, “We struggled with it and everything.” She said she thought most line items appeared to be aesthetic improvements rather than revisions to the building’s structure, for example. $722,000 for “Renovation of hallways and public spaces”
Aguero and her husband decided to make monthly payments. And the paperwork was submitted June 23 so the association could start raising the homeowner fee $593, they said.
Their son Albert Aguero was in the tower to rest with his wife and two children when the building collapsed. They woke up to a terrifying sound and trembling, and “When we opened the door, “We realized how much damage it was,” he said. “The apartment on the left looks like it’s been cut in half.”
He said there had been work on the roof of the building since the beginning of this year. “To wake us up every morning with a drill,” but the construction of the massive structure has not yet begun. According to a statement by the engineering company that produced the 2018 report.
Albert said he was troubled reading the warning in the 2018 report, which he had not seen until the building collapsed.
“I was very angry back then. Angry at the loss of innocent lives,” he said.
Condo Association is under consideration.
since the collapse Condo associations have been investigating years-long delays between an alarming 2018 report and a building overhaul. Representatives of the company noted that they were delayed by the pandemic. And it took time to offer a competitive price for the job.
“We have board members who live here. There is a family living here. and was one of the missing people. So if they know there is a dangerous problem They will definitely be taken care of,” Donna DiMaggio Berger, a lawyer for the Champlain Towers Condo Association, told CNN on Friday.
An official from Surfside once confirmed to the association that their building In November 2018, the minutes of the meeting were obtained from a CNN show, although he received reports of structural damage two days ago.
Rosendo Prieto, who was working as the city’s construction worker at the time. Commented on the Tower’s Condo Association meeting more than two years before the building collapsed. According to the minutes of the meeting on November 15, 2018
“The structural engineer’s report has been reviewed by Mr. Prieto,” the report said in a clear reference to Morabito’s report, although Prieto noted that the report “Not in form for the 40-year certification, but he stated that the necessary data was gathered. And it looks like the building is in very good condition,” said the minutes
Susana Alvarez, a condo resident, told NPR she attended the meeting. which was held in the recreation room of the building and thought of the representatives of the city that “The building is not in such a bad condition.”
Prieto no longer works for Surfside and did not respond to requests for comment from CNN.
Two days before the meeting on November 13, 2018, Mara Chouela, a condo board member. It forwarded a copy of the structural engineer’s report to Prieto, according to an email released by the city on Saturday.
And the day after the meeting, Prieto sent another email to former town manager Guillermo Olmedillo that the condo board meeting. “It’s going well”
“The response was very positive from everyone in the room,” Prieto wrote in a Nov. 16 email released by the city on Sunday. “All major concerns about the forty-year new certification process have been resolved.”