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The second lawsuit filed against the Champlain Towers South Condominium Association alleges that the building used to shake when the neighboring residential complex was under construction.
The lawsuit, filed by building resident Steve Rosenthal, alleges that “numerous complaints” were filed about the condominium shaking and noted that each of the complaints occurred after research showed signs of sinking in the land around the building.
Florida International University professor Shimon Wdowinski reported in 2020 that the beachfront location of the condominium showed several signs of land subsidence, or sinking, during the ’90s. Rosenthal alleges in his lawsuit that the building’s vibration increased the rate the building was sinking, further weakening the structure of the condominium.
The Champlain Towers South Condominium Association’s building upkeep has been scrutinized since the building’s collapse on June 24. Recent reports have shown that:
- The basement garage flooded regularly which could’ve seriously damaged it
- There were cracks in the outer walls of the building that let in water
- There were hairline cracks in the concrete balcony floor slabs and concrete columns
- An engineer uncovered ‘major structural damage‘ in the columns, beams, and walls of the garages underneath the condominium
As of Tuesday morning, 11 people are confirmed dead from the building’s collapse and 150 are unaccounted for. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said that over 300 first responders have been working on rotating shifts.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are traveling to the site on Thursday to scope out the damages in person.