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-The Motel Shores at Biscayne was condemned a few weeks after a man was injured by a ceiling that collapsed on him while he slept in his room.
-The motel also had other issues, illustrated by photos taken inside of it by Miami Shores Building inspectors.
-The two buildings that make up the motel won’t be allowed to open until it meets a large number of requirements.
-Miami Shores Village had been looking into conditions at the motel since at least early 2016.
The Motel Shores at Biscayne (10500 Biscayne Blvd) has long been considered a blight in Miami Shores by many locals.
A man was shot dead at the motel in 2016.
And a brutal rape that allegedly took place in the motel’s laundry room featured prominently in a 2014 Local 10 report about how the Miami Shores Police had failed to report certain crimes in official crime records.
So when the motel was shuttered by the Miami Shores Building Department in September, few were sad to see it go.
But after a public records request, we can see what the conditions of the motel were like when it was closed.
The property failed an inspection on September 15, 2017 and was deemed unsafe.
Miami Shores’ Building Director Ismael Naranjo said in an email to a North Miami Beach architect named George S Tseng that the case into the motel’s condition had been open since early 2016.
“… the property owners had ample time to correct the deficiencies and illegalities,” Naranjo said in the email.
The two buildings that make up the motel won’t be allowed to reopen until the property owner hires a Florida licensed architect or engineer who can produce a set of plans showing how they intend to get the motel back up to code.
The buildings will also have to have an asbestos survey and mold assessment conducted.
The last straw seems to have come on August 27 when a large chunk of ceiling collapsed on a sleeping man in room 43 of the motel.
He called the police and was transported to Jackson North Hospital after suffering chest pain and a minor laceration to his leg.
The victim, Alphonso William Wallace, 53, listed the room as his address in the police report.
PHOTOS FROM INSIDE THE CONDEMNED MOTEL: (Some are graphic in nature)
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