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Auto hub housing 45 businesses to set up shop in the Bronx

The industrial park facility will have 45 businesses that range from body repairs to oil changes on Leggett Avenue in Hunts Point. (10/6/15) THE BRONX – An 84,000-square foot facility that houses over 40 auto businesses is set to open in the Bronx. The industrial park facility will have 45 businesses that range from body […]

Sunrise Co-op Press Conference

“The Mayor of New York had the authority to tell the Department of Buildings, give them a letter of no objection,” Estevez said. “But if you don’t give them their permits to bring this up to code, how are they going to do it? … We are hardworking people over here that deserve an opportunity to drive instead of strive.”

Auto shops near arrival date in Hunts Point

“We’re going to create a model of the automotive industry that has never been done before,” said Pedro Estevez, president of the non-profit United Auto Merchants Association, who helped negotiate the move with the city. The building at 1080 Leggett Ave. is also home to a wholesale supply company and the local branch of a large truck manufacturer. Customers will drive through a back entrance on Barry Street and up a ramp into the warehouse, where they’ll be able to get new tires, body work, engine repairs and other services all in one place.

Jerome Avenue Rezoning Worries Auto Shop Owners

“Once news of the rezoning came out, that’s it,” said Pedro Estevez, president and founder of the United Auto Merchants Association, a union representing mechanics around the city. “Hell broke loose.” Already this year, eleven repair shop operators have come to him looking for help to relocate their businesses he said, after landlords refused to renew the lease or drastically increased the rent.

He noted nearly all of the more than 900 members and affiliates of the UAMA lease space for their businesses while many have no signed leases. He fears that with rezoning, more auto businesses will have no choice but to close as property owners opt for more lucrative residential rental and development opportunities. “Rezoning is removing,” he said.

As Jerome Avenue Rezoning Is on the Mind, Mechanic Shops Show Signs of Impending Exodus

“Once news of the rezoning came out, that’s it,” said Pedro Estevez, president and founder of the United Auto Merchants Association, a union representing mechanics around the city. “Hell broke loose.” Already this year, eleven repair shop operators have come to him looking for help to relocate their businesses he said, after landlords refused to renew the lease or drastically increased the rent.

Willets Point, NYC Body Shops Not Budging

A group of body shop owners represented by the Sunrise Cooperative — who settled a longstanding lawsuit with the developers of the Willets Point project in March — said at a demonstration on June 1 that, despite signing an agreement saying they would leave by June 1, they’re not budging.