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Friday, 29 October 2021 10:39

3 Years After Bronx Rezoning, Jerome Avenue Auto Shops Under Pressure

Written by Daniel Parra and Ese Olumhense, City Limits
Elvin Taveras, owner of Jacquez Automotive Center at 1941 Jerome Ave. in the Bronx. Taveras was told his business needs to vacate the premises by Oct. 31. Earlier in October, the electricity to his workshop was cut off without notice. Elvin Taveras, owner of Jacquez Automotive Center at 1941 Jerome Ave. in the Bronx. Taveras was told his business needs to vacate the premises by Oct. 31. Earlier in October, the electricity to his workshop was cut off without notice. Adi Talwar/City Limits

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In a span of just six months, Elvin Taveras went from managing a thriving auto repair business on Jerome Avenue in the Bronx to being under the shadow of eviction from the place he’s worked for more than a decade.

Taveras---who owns both Jacquez Automotive Center at 1941A Jerome Ave. and another, smaller shop in the northeast Bronx---said his problems began in the spring, when, per city property records, his former landlord, Richard Cisternas, sold the building to Manhattan-based Atlantic Development Group for $6.9 million.

 

A flurry of notices followed: one from Cisternas, Taveras said, informing him of the coming sale. Then, week after week, he said, bundles of certified letters from his new landlord---sometimes a dozen in one day---started showing up at the shop, notifying Taveras that the new ownership planned to terminate his tenancy.

 

Jacquez Automotive needed to be out of the building by Oct. 31, the notices said in bold, or face eviction.

 

In recent weeks, the situation has escalated: On Oct. 2, electricity at the shop was cut off without notice, Taveras said. Since then, he’s been running his auto shop---and every piece of equipment in it---using multiple diesel generators. The first one he tried had just enough capacity to turn on the lights; then he found one capable of powering a car-lifting jack. On Oct. 7, he rented a generator capable of supporting all the equipment.

 

“I can’t stop my business because there is no electricity,” Taveras said.

 

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