WEST MIAMI-DADE -
Residents are sharing their safety concerns after a
staircase collapsed at a condominium in West Kendall.
The concern in
question, from residents, is if this happened to a
stairwell, what is hiding behind the stucco in the floors of
“I heard what I thought was like lightning strike the
building,” said resident Christian Gonzalez.
It was no lightning strike Saturday but the sound of
crumbling concrete. The landing of Gonzalez’s condo
“We don’t know if it’s safe or not,” he said. “I looked out
the window, and I realized there was no landing.”
Those safety concerns have Christian
staying somewhere for now, as the condo association and
property management investigate why the staircase landing
“They didn’t give us a good answer as
to how this could happen,” Gonzalez said. “One thing is
cosmetic issues, and then once we get into a safety problem
with this, that crosses the line.”
The stairway collapsed Saturday at the Sonoma Lake community
off Southwest 157th Avenue. On Monday, county inspectors
stopped by the condos. They said a structural engineer has
been hired to investigate.
In the meantime, just as a precaution, the stairwell has
been taped off in case the landing gives way.
Residents are concerned, especially after what happened in
Surfside, about other insufficiencies that could be hiding
behind their walls.
“I’m concerned about everyone’s safety,” said owner Daisy
Martinez, “not only for the stairs but this roof.”
But the stairway scare has reignited concerns about the
conditions of these condos — problems that residents say
were promised to be fixed months ago.
“It feels like something wrong is happening here,” Gonzalez
“I’m hoping the situation will be resolved so that we can
feel safe,” Martinez said.
The county said the buildings and condos are safe. Residents
said they have yet to see the structural engineer the
property manager hired.