Furious families of the victims of the Surfside condo collapse have slammed plans for a ritzy new skyscraper on the site where 98 people were killed.
The design for the 45-unit luxury condo in place of Champlain Towers South proposes to collect the building’s trash near the entrance of a memorial park.
Relatives branded the proposal ‘insulting’ to those who died in the horrifying tragedy two years ago, saying it minimizes how the deceased will be honored.
Trucks will be rumbling over the site of tragedy with garbage collected nearby, they warned.
The proposed development, featuring 57 condominiums and two pools, was announced despite the exact cause of the collapse having not been determined.
The memorial park, which the developer has promised to build, will not be finished until the condo project is constructed, the Washington Post reported.
Victims’ relatives slammed plans for a ritzy oceanfront skyscraper on the site where 98 killed in the sudden collapse of Florida building two years ago
DAMAC International released two renderings of the possible design in June when the exact cause of the collapse had not been determined
Families called the proposal ‘insulting’ to those who died in the horrifying tragedy, stating that it minimizes how the deceased will be honored. People attended a vigil (pictured) in honor of residents of a partially collapsed residential building in June 2021
‘We have nothing on the site of the collapse, and we don’t know what we’re getting on 88th Street because they keep cutting it down to benefit the developer,’ said Martin Langesfeld, whose sister and brother-in-law, Nicole Langesfeld and Luis Sadovnic, were killed in the collapse.
Families of the victims and former commissioners vehemently opposed the design that the Town Commision now seems ready to approve.
The debate is centered around a block of 88th Street near the site of collapse at 8777 Collins Avenue.
The former Town Commision called to restrict traffic last year for a memorial park and pedestrian plaza.
‘I was desperate to protect the families because, you know, my friends died there,’ said former Town Commissioner Eliana Salzhauer. ‘Everybody knew somebody who died there.’
But the board now is ready to allow DAMAC International, a Dubai-based developer, to place a loading dock entrance on 88th Street and reclaim the area.
Opponents suggested collusion. A wide-circulated bar photo shows the planning and zoning board chair, Caroline Baumel, smiling while seated on the laps of Vice Mayor Jeffrey Rose and David Forbes, another board member.
Baumel and Forbes said the claims are disgusting, adding that they only met casually for drinks.
‘At no time did any of us discuss anything on this agenda, past agendas or upcoming agendas,’ Forbes said angrily at the board meeting last month.
Former commissioner Salzhauer got into a heated debate with Mayor Shlomo Danzinger this month.
‘You want me to give feedback on a presentation that hasn’t happened yet?’ she asked. ‘You call yourselves representatives of the people. You are serving yourself.’
‘They keep cutting it down to benefit the developer,’ said Martin Langesfeld (pictured), whose sister and brother-in-law, Nicole Langesfeld and Luis Sadovnic, were killed in the collapse.
The exact cause of the collapse has still not been determined after two years
It comes amid concerns from a structural engineer that the swimming pool deck may have caved in first and brought down the rest of the building with it
Florida transportation officials said they have not given guidance on the construction,
‘We’re basically on a blind curve,’ said Jeffery Rossely, DAMAC’s senior vice president for concepts and design. But he maintains the company is following the state guidelines.
East Oceanside Development, LLC, associated with DAMAC, bought the property for $120million a year after the tragical collapse.
DAMAC argues that if large moving trucks use a loading dock on Collins Avenue, as critics oppose, it could pose a traffic hazard due to the sharp angle of the state road at the site.
‘It’s a difficult issue because there’s the emotional aspect to it,’ Surfside Mayor Danzinger told ABC News in June when the developer released two possible designs for the property.
He added that the town ‘can’t deny a plan unless there’s a legal reason.’