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Analysis: Could A Major Building Collapse Occur In The CSRA?



Millions of people worldwide watched in horror as the Champlain Towers South building in Surf City, Fla. collapsed on June 24, killing at least 96. It led many in the CSRA to ask whether such an event could happen to a high-rise building locally, or even an old historic building.

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  1. There is NO WAY that the building in Flordia collapsed without warning signs way before the collapse happened. Just like the photo in the Pool mechanical room showed exposed rusting rebar from “YEARS” of neglect. The Homeowners association members and employees should all be held responsible, charged and tried, until the guilty party is found guilty. As for Augusta who is responsible for not inspecting vacant and occupied buildings (mid and high rises) every few years. The majority of the Augusta Commissioners of course, the same ones ruining metro-Augusta with every decision they make.

    • Jim – If I’m reading news accounts correctly, the HOA in question (which changed in membership over the years) made numerous attempts to get the building repaired – virtually all of which were opposed by a significant number of owners (probably due to cost) – so they were never done. Ironically, I suspect when all the facts are in that it will be these owners (not all owners, but the group who opposed making significant repairs) who will be at least partially at fault for the collapse of their own building. As you yourself pointed out – the signs were there.

  2. There have already been building collapses in downtown Augusta. If an owner properly maintains a building, it should last. Augusta does not have the same corrosive atmosphere as Miami. As for government inspections, how intrusive do you want them to be and how much do you want to be taxed. When on assumes responsibility for inspections, one has liability exposure. If it is a government entity, that liability become a burden for the taxpayer.

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