Wednesday, 11 November 2020 19:20

Collision Course: Body Shops Fight for Control of White Plains, NY, Garage

Written by Bill Heltzel, Westfair Online
Vinny Macchia Vinny Macchia Photo by Bill Heltzel


Two White Plains, NY, auto body shops are fighting for control of a garage, each claiming that the other is interfering with business and costing them customers, while both are facing eviction.

Mitchell Automotive Inc., run by Anthony Masella, sued City Cars Metropolitan Ltd., run by Vinny Macchia, last month in Westchester Supreme Court, accusing City Cars of blocking access to the property.


It is Masella and Mitchell Automotive who are obstructing business, Macchia said in an interview, and using more parking spaces than bargained for.


“It’s a crazy situation,” said the landlord, Peter Plati Jr. of Ossining. “Everything’s on hold. I can’t rent to who I want to rent to.”


Plati owns the property at 25 Irving Place, near Kittrel Park, in an industrial area at the edge of downtown White Plains.


City Cars signed a five-year lease in 2013 with Plati’s 25 Irving Place LLC. The deal included an option to buy the property within five years for $950,000 and the right of first refusal if another buyer was found, according to a lawsuit City Cars filed in 2018 against 25 Irving Place.


Macchia claimed he tried to buy the property in 2017, but a deal was never reached. Then in 2018, Plati tried to evict him.


White Plains City Court approved the eviction order, but City Cars has appealed the decision.


Mitchell Automotive arrived on the scene in 2018, after it was displaced from its base at 9 Mitchell Place, near Mamaroneck Avenue...

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