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UAMA & Jerome Avenue Partnership Uniendo Esfuerzos Para Resolver Problemas de la Rezonificación

El presidente y fundador de UAMA, Pedro J Estevez, asiste en representación de la industria automotriz a el día de trabajo celebrado por Jerome Avenue Partnership.

Por Mauricio Rocha

Nueva York–El 22 de octubre de 2019, fue celebrada una de las reuniones de seguimiento de “Jerome Avenue Partnership”, grupo de trabajo formado por varias instituciones de ayuda comunitaria, entre ellas UAMA, quien estuvo representantada por su Presidente y fundador. La actividad tuvo como objetivo crear una tormenta de ideas que ayuden a buscar soluciones a la crisis ocasionada por los cambios que ocurrirán en el corredor de Jerome Avenue debido a la inminente rezonificación

UAMA ha batallado arduamente para lograr una justa solución frente a los cambios surgidos por La planificacióno en el corredor de Jerome Ave donde muchas empresas
latinas, minoritariass y mujeres serán desplazadasde sus negocios y hogares.

Muchas negocios de la industrias automotriz han estado en este corridor por más de diez años y desean continuar allí. La comunidad es diversa y está compuesta por varias culturas,
incluyendo negocios de inmigrantes, latinoamericanos y africanos occidentales.

En su desertación un asociado de JobsFirstNYC dijo: “El Corredor Jerome Avenue ha sido rezonificado y eso significa que muchas de las empresas que están en el vecindario, ya no estarán ahí después de la rezonificación.

Esto afectará a muchas personas en vivienda y negocios. Este corredor es uno de los últimos lugares en la ciudad de New York en el que todavía predominan tiendas familiares, no almacenes, y que desaparecerán con la rezonificación

¿Qué significa eso para esta comunidad? Eso significa que las personas que han vivido o trabajado en esta comunidad durante décadas pueden ser desplazadas.

“Jerome Avenue Partnership se formó para reunir a las partes interesadas locales, las instituciones y los residentes de la comunidad para pensar realmente en lo que podemos hacer juntos para aliviar parte de ese dolor de la rezonificación”.

“La misión de Jerome Avenue Partnership traerá consigo un crecimiento económico inclusivo y sostenibilidad para los residentes locales, empleadores y trabajadores afectados por la rezonificación de Jerome Avenue. Esperamos preparar a los empleadores y trabajadores actuales para este impacto y aumentar la retención, el empleo y la educación de los residentes actuales. Queremos asegurarnos de que los residentes locales conozcan estas oportunidades. La ciudad tiene muchas oportunidades para desplegarse junto con la rezonificación. Hay un debate en curso entre la gentrificación y la revitalización de una comunidad, y queremos estar seguros de que estamos revitalizando esta comunidad “, dijo el asociado de JobsFirstNYC.

De las aproximadamente 1000 empresas diferentes ubicadas en Jerome Avenue, 200 de ellas son empresas automotrices aproximadamente. La industria automotriz es la industria con la mayor concentración en Jerome Avenue, que representa el 20% del total de las empresas. Estas 200 empresas automotrices abarcan desde talleres de reparación de automóviles, talleres de neumáticos, sonido y seguridad para automóviles, talleres de vidrio para automóviles, concesionarios de automóviles y estacionamientos. El resto de los negocios en el Corredor Jerome Avenue abarcan 23 industrias diferentes, tales como: peluquerías, salones, bodegas, bares, clubes, bancos, tiendas minoristas y más.

UAMA como representante del 20% de la población y negocios de este corredor, aboga para que todos los residentes, empleados y locales comerciales localizados en el área, sean incluidos en esta discusión y tomados en cuenta para todo beneficio que se logre en este proceso.

La reunión sirvió para consolidar las ideas sobre diferentes formas y mecanismos de resolver los problemas que actualmente afectan al corredor de Jerome Avenue, entre ellos: el desarrollo de la fuerza laboral, el desarrollo económico y la estructura socio-económica. Jerome Avenue Partnership está trabajando con los desarrolladores para asegurar una cantidad determinada de empleos para los residentes locales y para asegurar la capacitación y las habilidades adecuadas que les puedan llevar a otros puestos, si eligen cambiar de profesión.

Este diálogo continuo es una forma de involucrar a la comunidad y asegurarse de que se escuche su voz y sus perspectivas.

“Sé que Pedro está trabajando diligentemente con los trabajadores automotrices que se ven desproporcionadamente afectados por la rezonificación de Jerome Avenue. Estamos tratando de pensar cuál es el próximo capítulo para esos trabajadores mecánicos”, dijo un asociado de JobsFirstNYC.

Una idea es crear un centro o un centro donde los miembros de la comunidad de Jerome Avenue puedan ir a buscar ayuda con su desplazamiento, el aumento de los costos de alquiler y otras aspectos relacionadas con la rezonificación. También queremos asegurarnos de que todos tengan acceso a las oportunidades que Jerome Avenue Partnership ofrece a los residentes.

Estén atentos para más actualizaciones sobre este tema que es una preocupación más importante para el condado del Bronx y zonas aledañas.

UAMA Joins Jerome Avenue Partnership to Work to Resolve Rezoning Issues

UAMA President and Founder, Pedro J Estevez attends a meeting for the Jerome Avenue Partnership.

By Mauricio Rocha

New York–On October 24, 2019 The United Auto Merchants Association (UAMA) joined the The Jerome Avenue Partnership for a meeting to brainstorm solutions to the gentrification crisis happening to the Jerome Avenue Corridor. President and founder of UAMA, Pedro Estevez, represented his association at the meeting. UAMA is dedicated to achieving a resolution in this ongoing battle, where many Latino, minority, and women owned businesses will be priced out of their shops and homes on Jerome Avenue. Many auto-businesses have been there for over ten years and wish to continue in their industries there. The diverse community is made up of various cultures including immigrant-owned businesses from Latin Americans and West Africans.

An associate from JobsFirstNYC said, “The Jerome Avenue Corridor has been rezoned and that means many of the businesses that are in the neighborhood will no longer be in the neighborhood, post rezoning. Lots of people will be impacted by this whether it is housing, venues, or businesses. This corridor is one of the last few places in the city that is still predominantly mom-and-pop stores, not big box stores, and that is going to change with rezoning. What does that mean for this community? That means people that have lived or worked in this community for decades may be displaced. This partnership was formed to bring together the local stakeholders, institutions, and community residents to really think about we can do together to alleviate some of that pain from rezoning.”

“The mission of the Jerome Avenue Partnership will bring about inclusive economic growth and sustainability for local residents, employers, and workers impacted by the Jerome Avenue rezoning. We hope to prepare current employers and workers for this impact and increase the retainment, employment and education of current residents. We want to make sure local residents are aware of these opportunities. The city has lots of opportunities to roll out in conjunction with the rezoning. There is an ongoing debate between gentrification and revitalization of a community, and we want to be sure we are revitalizing this community,” said the associate from JobsFirstNYC.

Of the approximately 1000 different businesses located on Jerome Avenue, 200 of them are automotive businesses, approximately. The automotive industry is the industry with the largest concentration on Jerome Avenue, accounting for 20% of the total businesses. These 200 automotive businesses range from auto repair shops, tire shops, auto sound and security, auto glass shops, auto dealerships and parking lots. The rest of the businesses on the Jerome Avenue Corridor range from 23 different industries, such as: barbershops, salons, bodegas, bars, clubs, banks, retail stores, and more. UAMA is advocating to include the local residents and employees in this discussion, at a time when the face of the community is changing

At the meeting we brainstormed ways to solve the ongoing issues plaguing the Jerome Avenue Corridor, including workforce development, economic development, and structure. This ongoing dialogue is a way to engage the community and make sure their voice and perspectives are being heard. The Jerome Avenue Partnership is working with developers to secure a set amount of jobs for local residents and to secure proper training and skills that can carry on to other positions, if they choose to change professions.

“I know Pedro is working diligently with the auto-workers who are disproportionately impacted by the rezoning of Jerome Avenue. We are trying to think about what the next chapter for those auto-workers is,” said an associate from JobsFirstNYC.

One idea is coming up with a hub, or a center where members of the Jerome Avenue community can go to seek assistance with their displacement, rising rent costs, and other struggles dealing with the rezoning. We also want to make sure that everyone has access to the opportunities the Jerome Avenue Partnership offers to residents. Stay tuned for more updates on this ongoing topic that is a major concern to the borough of the Bronx and beyond.

UAMA President and Founder, Pedro J. Estevez, Interviewed for Alexander Shapanka’s Dissertation

Zoning Out Jerome Avenue’s Auto Industry

Click the above link to access the 35 page dissertation.

The United Auto Merchant Association (UAMA) President and Founder, Pedro J. Estevez, spoke with writer and student Alexander Shapanka for his dissertation: “Zoning Out Jerome Avenue’s Auto Industry.” This is an in-depth look at the rezoning and gentrification happening on Jerome Avenue in the Bronx, NY, and what detrimental effects can occur in the community. Since UAMA has a close relationship with the automotive industry, particularly in the Bronx, Estevez is a clear expert on the subject.

Seeking Solutions to the Problems Caused by the Rezoning of the Jerome Avenue Corridor

NYC District 13 Councilman, Mark Gjonaj, and United Auto Merchants Association (UAMA) President, Pedro J. Estevez.

Originally by Victor Gomez in Spanish, translated by Pedro Estevez into English.

New York City District 13 Councilman, and Chair of the Small Business Committee of NYC, Mark Gjonaj, met with the President of the United Auto Merchants Association (UAMA), Pedro J. Estévez, to find a solution to the problem caused by the rezoning of the Jerome Ave corridor.             

In this meeting the council member showed interest in the Estévez’s ideas, which consist of the construction of an Automotive Industry Center (auto mall) where these small companies will be located in the “vertical form and not horizontal” as they currently are in the corridor.

For years Estévez has been advocating for the automotive industry, searching for solutions to the businesses’ problems by the rezoning of sectors like the corridor of Jerome Avenue and other areas of the City.  Estevez explained that if these small businesses were all located in a vertical way, it would  minimize the footprint to a fraction of the size, since over 200 businesses are currently located in an area covering over 2 miles in Jerome Ave in a horizontal way.

The president of UAMA, Estevez, explained to the chair of the Small Business committee and council member of the 13th District,Mark Gjonaj, that these small businesses are being stressed by the City, and to understand that the rezoned corridor of Jerome Avenue places these businesses in danger of displacement and consequently, the loss of their lifelong investments.

Estevez reiterated to the council that the idea of the relocation of these businesses to a vertical location in an Industrial Business Zone (IBZ) where each of these business owners, would be proprietor of their occupying space and ultimately will be the way to end the limitations they have been under for years.  

The City Council welcomed the approach of the UAMA President, Pedro J. Estevez, and recognized his leadership. For more than twelve years he has been educating, advocating, and defending small auto businesses in New York City.