The city of Miami will order a temporary stop to construction at the Una Residences site where Miami’s deepest ever parking garage is being built, according to Local 10.
Groundwater has flooded the garage construction site multiple times recently during King Tide season, causing concern from neighbors.
According to emails sent late last month from Miami-Dade Department of Environmental Resources Management Director Lee Hefty, the situation is not an environmental concern, and mainly just a disruption to construction caused by groundwater.
The contractor for the project has also said that the flooding was not a breach of the aquifer which provides drinking water for the area, according to a neighbor.
Nevertheless, the city wants the site to be inspected by a geotechnical engineer, a structural engineer, and a seismic testing engineer before allowing construction to resume.
Residents at a neighboring property claim that they have seen the ground moving and sinking, Local 10 reported.
Developer OKO Group began construction on the project in 2020, saying it was the deepest and most expensive parking garage ever built.
Construction of the garage alone was expected to take a year and a half before the rest of the luxury Una condo tower could go vertical, at a cost of $25 million.
In November 2020, the developer had said they expected to begin vertical construction on the tower at the ground level in late 2021, after building three underground parking levels.
The main benefit to the extra time and money spent build underground is better aesthetics, with no ugly parking garage above ground.
A statement provided by William J Real of Civic Construction Company, Inc., Una’s contractor:
“As is the case with any high-rise development in South Florida, our team has experienced a series of minor leaks during the excavation process at the UNA Residences construction site. The source of these leaks is the water table, which does not interact with Biscayne Bay or drinking water. Because the water table spans across South Florida, water intrusion of this nature is common during the early stages of high-rise developments in the region. Our team is remediating these leaks as they happen, and there is no evidence of impacts on surrounding properties. We anticipate that additional leaks may occur as construction moves forward.”