BERKLEY (KCBS) — The fifth floor Berkeley apartment balcony that gave way, killing six and injuring seven others, had passed an inspection less than a year ago.
New documents released by the city show the private inspector, hired by the building’s owners, called the balcony supports “good”, but it’s not clear how thorough that inspection really was. City engineers blame dry rot for the balcony’s collapse and it’s not clear the building’s managers were up to date with mandatory annual safety checks.READ MORE: Gilroy Teen Fails Driving Test Due To Tesla Regenerative Braking System
The private inspection, done in August of last year mentions broken window seals and floor cracks which need repair. The report was done for the management company.
A subsequent safety check done in the fall, specifically at Apartment 405 where the balcony fell, found a missing carbon monoxide detector and a malfunctioning smoke detector, but that’s all.READ MORE: Santa Clara Shoe Store Ransacked in Late Night Smash-and-Grab Robbery
Greystar, which manages the Library Gardens complex, is in the process of finishing complete apartment inspections. Meanwhile, Berkeley is proposing tougher rules on balcony checks, but the mayor says increasing the number of mandated city inspections isn’t feasible given budget constraints.
Bay Area News Group reports Segue released a statement, their largest to date since the accident, where they say they’ve filed for a restraining order against the Alameda County District Attorney’s office.MORE NEWS: COVID Omicron: Rush To Vaccinate In East Bay As New Variant Emerges
D.A. Nancy O’Malley’s office had already announced they would open a criminal investigation into the fatal collapse. The construction company says the restraining order is to prevent investigators from testing the evidence without representatives from their company present.