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Former Upper East Side auto shop, site of murder, to be demolished

UPPER EAST SIDE, NY — A former Upper East Side auto shop building known to be the site of a 2021 murder is set to be demolished to make way for new development, according to newly filed plans.

Developers Taconic Partners deposit plans Friday to demolish the building at 324 East 95th St. — a one-story brick structure between First and Second Avenues. It was until recently home to NYC Auto Repair, which closed sometime after Taconic bought the site for $70 million in December.

Months earlier, the building had come into the limelight for very different reasons: in August, the 33-year-old store manager was shot and killed, and another man was shot, a gunman who fled in a blue SUV.

The victim, Mario Gonzalez, was describe by relatives as a “giant teddy bear”, as the Daily News reported at the time.

Police then arrested Zachery Bryant, a 37-year-old Georgia man, and charged him with murder and attempted murder. Authorities initially attributed the murder to a disgruntled former employee, but it was unclear whether that label applied to Bryant.

Bryant is next due in court on July 18, records show.

Taconic purchased the building last year along with 309 East 94th St., an adjacent building on the south side of the same block. No demolition plans have yet been filed for this grand five-story structure – a former factory that now includes loft-style offices and a garage.

It’s unclear what will happen to the building adjacent to 309 East 94th St., which Taconic purchased last year along with the auto shop. (Google Maps)

The company did not immediately respond to questions Monday about its plans for the site, but said last year that it could accommodate a project as large as 205,000 square feet.

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