Mandatory evacuation ordered for apartments in San Marcos

A student condo complex in San Marcos was evacuated on September 20 over structural concerns.

The City of San Marcos issued a mandatory evacuation for the 162 residents of the Vie Lofts apartment complex.

The apartments are located at 817 Chestnut Street. The evacuations were ordered by the San Marcos Fire Marshall in response to safety concerns about building stability and means of egress, according to the city. City staff, along with apartment personnel, are going door-to-door to notify residents. 

Residents are encouraged to pack one bag including any medications, pets and valuables. Anyone able to find lodging with friends or family for the night is encouraged to do so; however, apartment management will also be available to assist with alternative lodging, according to the press release.

Residents can with meet with apartment management at the San Marcos Police Department Auditorium, located at 2300 S. I-35, since the onsite apartment office will be closed. Apartment management will be available both Saturday or Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The evacuation for the 162 occupants was issued by the Fire Marshal based on consultation with the City Attorney, Planning & Development Services, Code Compliance, and the City Manager’s Office. “Resident safety is of utmost importance when evaluating a structure of this type,” states Fire Marshal Kelly Kistner. “We appreciate the cooperation of residents and their families as we address these life safety issues.”

Vie Lofts at San Marcos released the following statement to FOX 7 Austin: 

The safety of our residents at Vie Lofts at San Marcos is our number one priority. Today we were made aware that the City of San Marcos requested that we shut down our building. 
Because of such, until we can confirm that there are no safety issues with our residents, we have set up temporary housing.  We are very aware of the inconvenience this may cause our residents and we are doing everything we can to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. 
Because our residents are so important to us, we are doing everything we can to ensure their safety.  We have also set up a dedicated recorded hotline, 737-484-3930, where we will provide updated information as we have it.

— Vie Lofts at San Marcos

The building will remain evacuated until further notice.

Residents may call a recorded hotline at 512.393.8488 for current information or call the apartment management at 737.484.3930.