Ongoing mold problem leads to another breach at Miami skyscraper already facing broken elevators

MIAMI –A Miami skyscraper full of disabled and elderly residents lived in a building with broken elevators, but now there’s a bigger problem.

Elevators have been out of service at Civic Towers apartments since a weekend fire in one of the units, with sprinklers damaging control panels.

This brought in inspectors, who cited building owners because of a lingering mold problem.

Creeping mold is found on apartment ceilings, walls and bathrooms.

That’s why, once again, a Miami city inspector issued a notice of a violation and an ultimatum.

“This latest violation that has been issued is truly the final warning to the building owner to come into compliance,” said John Heffernan of the City of Miami.

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Miami home inspectors returned to ailing Civic Towers apartments on Tuesday and issued a new violation. (Copyright 2020 by WPLG – All rights reserved.)

Residents have been documenting their mold complaints for months, along with the resulting health consequences.

There are also issues with uncontrollable waste that has not been removed and plumbing work without notice.

Broken elevators seemed like a boiling point for some of those who live there.

“Over the past few months, the city, through the building department, has been working with homeowners on solutions,” Heffernan said.

The deadline for developing these plans is December 6.

The offense notice threatens an ultimate consequence of the building’s demolition, but the city is sad it’s not on the table.

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