Our List Of Old Boca Raton Buildings Expands, Condo Owners Complain Of Creaking, Shaking, Assessments.
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The City of Boca Raton is now taking a more forceful approach to inspecting old buildings than Mayor Scott Singer initially indicated earlier this week following questions from BocaNewsNow.com.
While Mayor Singer first said the City would review policies, procedures, and craft an action plan, the City is now responding to calls from condo owners in beach front — and bay front — condo buildings on a case by case basis. City officials are inspecting those buildings — many of which date back to the early 1970s — as needed.
“In light of this horrific tragedy, we have been hearing from residents about our processes and procedures when it comes to building safety,” said City of Boca Raton Spokeswoman Anne Marie Connolly. “Currently, City staff is being proactive and responding to calls related to structural concerns on a case-by-case basis. In addition, staff is working to develop certification and recertification requirements for buildings located within the City. We will continue to work diligently to ensure the safety and welfare of our resident, which is always our top priority.”
BocaNewsNow.com was first to publish a list of aging condominium buildings that could be at risk, solely based on age. That list, which we have updated and are republishing below, led several condo owners to complain to BocaNewsNow.com that drawing attention to the age of the buildings will result in decreased property values and huge assessments. Their fear: condo associations will commit to multimillion dollar renovation projects that must be paid for by condominium owners.
Champlain Tower condo owners were reportedly facing a $100,000 assessment — per unit — for renovation work that hadn’t started by the time the building collapsed, presumably killing at least 160. A multimillion dollar renovation and restoration project could easily lead to assessments in the tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars per condo unit, depending on the size of the building.
Here is our ongoing list of old and aging condominium buildings in and around Boca Raton. If you are aware of a building we missed, please email news (at) BocaNewsNow.com, or use the form below. We are starting to compile 40 year inspection reports being shared by condo owners in many of these buildings.
Boca Tower Condominium at 2121 North Ocean Blvd. Built 1972.
La Fontana at 2003 North Ocean Blvd. in Boca Raton. Built 1981.
The Brighton at 2000 North Ocean Blvd. in Boca Raton. Built 1979.
Ocean Reef Towers at 2066 North Ocean Blvd. in Boca Raton. Built 1973.
Parker Highland East Condominium, at 4605 South Ocean Blvd. in Highland Beach. Built 1981.
Boca Mar Condominium Apartments at 310 South Ocean Blvd. in Boca Raton. Built 1972.
Beresford Condominium at 350 South Ocean Blvd. in Boca Raton. Built 1977.
Chalfonte Condominiums at 500 South Ocean Blvd. in Boca Raton. Built 1975.
Cloister Beach Towers at 1200 South Ocean Blvd. in Boca Raton. Built 1966.
The Addison on the Ocean at 1400 South Ocean Blvd. in Boca Raton. Built 1985.
Stratford Arms at 2600 South Ocean Blvd. in Boca Raton. Built 1974.
Pointe South, 1401 South Federal Highway in Boca Raton. Built 1975.
Ocean Towers, 2800 South Ocean Blvd. in Boca Raton. Built 1972.
Porta Bella Yacht and Tennis Club, 859 and 899 Jeffrey Street in Boca Raton. Built 1975.
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