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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.

Displaced Willets biz owners go on hunger strike

Pedro Estevez, president and founder of the United Auto Merchants Association, spoke on behalf of many workers, most of whom only speak Spanish. Over a year ago, Estevez found an 85,000-square-foot site in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx with the intention of relocating the businesses displaced by the first phase of the redevelopment. Reluctantly, most business owners agreed to make the costly move, seeing no other options. But without the Certificate of Operation, the shops were unable to move by the June 1st deadline. Estevez said the location was deemed suitable for manufacturing by the Department of Buildings, but the certificate did not specify auto repair uses. “Honestly, they are trying to do the right thing,” Estevez said of the displaced business owners. “They are trying to be independent and to independently fulfill the obligation of supporting their families. They don’t want to be dependent on government hand-me-downs.”

Auto shops rail against city plan at Willets Point

Business owners who work in the shadow of City Field used this week’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game festivities as an opportunity to shed light on the harsh realities they contend go under the radar just across the street. Inside the ballpark, swarms of sports fans enjoyed the baseball spotlight with the Home Run Derby Monday and the annual All-Star Game the following evening. But just before Tuesday’s first pitch, auto shop owners held up signs accusing the city of working with their neighbor’s home team to kick them out in accordance with city’s ambitious redevelopment plans.

President of UAMA Interviewed on Revista De Noticias

Pedro Estevez is the President/ Founder of United Auto Merchants Association. UAMA is an non profit 501c3organization created to assist Auto Merchants in obtaining licenses, permits, and operate their business in full compliance with the guidelines of the NYS and NYC. This association with make a gigantic impact on the community.