Coronavirus case shuts down Miami-Dade permitting center until Monday, property appraiser closes office to public

County officials ordered a deep cleaning of the permitting building after a worker tested positive for COVID-19

Miami /
Mar.March 19, 2020 11:45 AM
Miami-Dade Permitting and Inspection Center

Miami-Dade Permitting and Inspection Center

As construction firms plow ahead on job sites, Miami-Dade building officials temporarily closed the county’s permitting and inspection center after learning an employee tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Miami-Dade Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources will be conducting a deep cleaning of the building at 11805 Southwest 26th Street today and Friday, with plans to reopen on Monday, according to a release.

“While it has been 13 days since the employee was last in the building, and [the building department] has already conducted a cleaning of the employee’s work area and surrounding area, In an abundance of caution, they will conduct a deep cleaning of the entire facility,” the release said.

Employees who were in close contact with the infected worker were also personally notified. Building officials said contractors and permit runners can still access online and phone services, such as scheduling inspections.

Meanwhile, Miami-Dade Property Appraiser Pedro Garcia is shutting down the main office in downtown Miami’s Government Center and the South Dade Government Center, to the public, indefinitely. While there are no confirmed coronavirus cases involving property appraiser employees, a spokesperson for Garcia said the closures are taking place in an abundance of caution.

“As information continues to develop regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), our main priority is the safety of our community,” the spokesperson said.

Property owners can still call the property appraiser’s office during regular business hours Monday through Friday. In addition, field appraisal staff will be working remotely and interaction with property owners will be limited, the spokesperson said.

On Wednesday, construction firm executives and trade association leaders told The Real Deal that work would continue at most South Florida job sites unless public health officials order them to shut down or building departments stop scheduling inspections.


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Nathan Leight and the Coconut Grove estate (One Sotheby's, Terrapin Partners)
Private equity tycoon trades one Coconut Grove estate for another
Private equity tycoon trades one Coconut Grove estate for another
The Collection CEO Ken Gorin and developer Ugo Colombo. (Getty, Spring Engineering)
Ugo Colombo’s The Collection nabs $65M construction loan for second Coral Gables dealership
Ugo Colombo’s The Collection nabs $65M construction loan for second Coral Gables dealership
Total construction starts rose 14 percent in April. (Getty)
South Florida residential construction starts surge again in April
South Florida residential construction starts surge again in April
The Estate Companies Principal Jeff Ardizon and Managing Principal Robert Suris with a rendering of the project. (Estate)
Estate Companies scores $76M construction loan for North Miami Beach apartments
Estate Companies scores $76M construction loan for North Miami Beach apartments
Regalia condominium tower at 19575 Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach (Google Maps)
Regalia association scores $18M settlement in construction defects lawsuit
Regalia association scores $18M settlement in construction defects lawsuit
FECI's Kolleen Cobb with Countyline Corporate Park and the new sites at 4181 and 4241 West 108th Street (Google Maps)
FECI plans Countyline Corporate Park expansion with $33M construction loan
FECI plans Countyline Corporate Park expansion with $33M construction loan
The Easton Group's Edward Easton and a rendering of the warehouse project
Easton scores $24M construction loan for Hialeah Gardens spec warehouse
Easton scores $24M construction loan for Hialeah Gardens spec warehouse
(iStock)
South Florida resi construction starts soar in March
South Florida resi construction starts soar in March
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...