NORTH MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Ten days ago a North Miami apartment building, with 70 units, was deemed unsafe due to heavy rains that caused a roof collapse.
The 250 residents of Gold King Apartments, at 13285 NE 6 Avenue in North Miami, have been out of their home and not allowed to return, but only for necessary items, since December 26th.
The apartment complex was having work done to the roof prior to the incident. The partial roof collapse was caused by heavy rains that seeped all the way down to the first floor.
Just before the start of 2014, on New Year’s Eve, most residents expressed anger and were frustrated that they may begin the New Year outside of their homes.
Resident Marie Aubourg is a resident of the complex along with her daughter who has cerebral palsy. Both told CBS4’s Joan Murray on New Year’s Eve that they were anxious to get back in their apartments after spending six days living in shelters and hotel rooms.
“I need some food to eat. I don’t have no money at all. They aren’t telling us anything,” Aubourg said, according to CBS4’s Joan Murray.
On Friday, three days later, North Miami’s building officials said that the multi-family apartment building still has certain life and safety issues that must be satisfied before the residents are allowed to return.
Twelve units suffered significant damage that will take even more time to repair. Residents of the remaining units will be able to return when each unit meets the minimum housing standard—which requires working air and electrical work to meet code.
The property owner is responsible for making the repairs necessary for the building to successfully pass inspection.
Only North Miami’s building officials can authorize residents to return to their home.