CITY OF ULSTER, NY – Mohammad Waheed says he will improve the site plan for his proposed used vehicle sales and storage lot at 454 Hurley Ave. in response to complaints from neighbors.
The plan for Waheed’s company, Moe’s Motor Cars, was the subject of a public hearing in Ulster City Council on Thursday. Waheed was not present, but said on Friday he had listened to the audio recording of it and understood the desire for his plan to be “presented more like a professional would”.
Waheed wants to start the business on 44,500 square feet of land where the Empire Mart and Deli was located until it was destroyed by fire in February 2013. The site is located next to the old schoolhouse. John A. Coleman Catholic High School.
Waheed said the property would be used for storage of vehicles to be sold and that customers would be allowed to enter the site by appointment.
He also said complaints made during the public hearing should not prevent city council from approving his plan.
“They can’t block me unless there are serious zoning issues, and there aren’t,” he said, adding that the site is already zoned for everything. I do.
“When you pass [the site], you see a dead high school and you see a dead property, ”Waheed said of the closed Coleman and the empty lot next to it. “My idea is going to wake up this little… part of the road, and not in a negative way.”
Ulster city resident Holly Christiana noted Waheed’s intention not to have regular business hours.
“When I think of a parking lot, I think of a relatively nice place to go and buy a car,” she said. “It’s more like a dump, and I’m really puzzled as to why a dump on Hurley Avenue next to a church would even be considered. “
Reverend Henry Albrechtsen, of the adjacent Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, also opposes Wahheed’s proposal.
“It’s going to be unattractive,” he said. “… It has to be laid out or made non-ugly in some way.”
Town resident Keith Mack said the fact that the property is being used as a storage lot for the online sale of used vehicles does not match the character of the community.
“What is the benefit to the community of this business? ” he said. “It does not create new jobs, it does not provide any direct service to residents, as a convenience store would do, it certainly does not improve the aesthetics of the neighborhood with a construction trailer offered as an office.”
The city council held the open public hearing until its January 6 meeting.