Miami Condo Collapse Victims Sue Next-Door Luxury Development

By Christian Berthelsen

November 17, 2021

The catastrophic structural failure that led to the collapse of the Champlain Towers condominium outside Miami in June was linked to construction of a luxury high-rise development next door, according to a lawsuit filed by families of people killed in the disaster.

Developers of the Renzo Piano-designed Eighty Seven Park were improperly allowed to build higher and larger than originally entitled, according to the suit filed Tuesday in Miami-Dade County circuit court. The project site was sloped so run-off poured into Champlain Towers and undermined the building’s structural integrity, which was also damaged by excavation and pile-driving, the suit claims.

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