A Florida Keys city official threatens to condemn a condominium for being unsafe, a move that could further limit the supply of affordable housing in a community that is often difficult for workers to find a place to live.
The 111-unit Santa Clara Condominium complex in Key West was in dangerous condition with damage that included major cracks in the walls and stairwells, and exposed steel in vertical columns, Raj Ramsingh, the The city’s chief building inspector wrote in a notice of hearing dated Wednesday.
The Santa Clara Condominium Association is due to produce a reparation plan during a “sentencing hearing” scheduled for Sept. 13 at city hall, according to the Miami Herald.
“Santa Clara was only grooming him for the past 15 years,” Ramsingh said. “The key is to keep it maintained.”
The notice comes as condominium associations and building inspectors in South Florida and beyond examine residential structures after the Champlain South Towers collapsed in Surfside, Fla. In June, which killed 98 people.
Compared to most places in Key West, the units at the Santa Clara Condominium complex are moderately priced.
Built in 1980, the condos house approximately 300 people. Oliver Kofoid, chairman of the condominium board, said the council is seeking a loan for repairs, estimated at more than $ 8 million. But many fear they will be forced to relocate to a city mired in a housing crisis.
“This whole place is housing for the workforce,” Kofoid said.