Upcoming storage facility at the UES


With a housing crisis in New York City and many struggles to find shelter, building a storage facility in the SIU is the least of what many residents want for the community.

In April, the Parkland Group filed for demolition permits for 424 East 90th Street, the brick parking lot branded “Weprin and Glass Building” that currently houses an AVIS car rental garage. However, their plans officially evolved within the Ministry of Buildings to build an eight-story, 104,000-square-foot storage facility.

One person who is quite angry with the incoming facility is Benjamin Wetzler, a Democratic district leader for the SIU and Roosevelt Island. Wetzler, who lives across the street from the site, told Our Town that the entire street is residential and it would stick out like a sore thumb.

“Speaking as someone who lives in the neighborhood, I really don’t want a large commercial storage facility,” Wetzler said. “What bothers me is that no one in their right mind would say this is the right plan for this block.”

The building’s zoning designation is C8-4, which the city describes as “for automobiles and other heavy commercial services.” This despite the fact that most of the other buildings in the block are residential.

Zoning of the 60s

According to Wetzler, this zoning originated in the ’60s, when a few other blocks crossing the east of the’ 90s were zoned exclusively for automotive and industrial development in order to keep the Upper East Side separate from Harlem. But no one has fixed this problem and Parkland is taking advantage of it.

Since this is a building of law, they do not need to go through the arduous process of the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) and can have the facility built. storage quickly without community pressure.

A block that’s filled with houses and a school will now be inundated with U-hauls and a developer who cares more about making money than providing housing, Wetzler said. Parkland could have tried rezoning, they just didn’t want to, he added.

Wetzler is quite annoyed that no elected officials have taken the time to review this zoning and attempt to change it.

“Something is wrong”

One lawmaker who agrees with Wetzler and does not want a storage facility to come to the SIU is Council Member Ben Kallos.

“The last thing the SIU needs is more storage,” Kallos told Our Town.

The board member first heard about the project in April when he read about it on the YIMBY real estate site and was surprised someone was considering building a storage facility when the housing was in dire straits.

Although he has not been in contact with Parkland, he hopes to sit down with them and try to convince them to rezon and build housing. Kallos is disappointed with Parkland’s decision to create a storage facility, but understands that from a business perspective it may be more profitable.

However, between the controversial Blood Center and now, the development of the SIU in recent times has been mind-boggling, he said.

“I would say there is something wrong with the SIU,” Kallos said.

The Parkland Group could not be reached for comment.


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