UPPER EAST SIDE, NY — An old Upper East Side auto shop building known for being the site of a 2021 murder is set to be demolished to make way for a new development, according to newly filed plans.
Developers Taconic Partners filed plans Friday to tear down the building at 324 East 95th St. — a one-story brick structure between First and Second avenues. It was home until recently to NYC Auto Repair, which closed sometime after Taconic purchased the site for $70 million in December.
Months earlier, the building had been thrust into the spotlight for very different reasons: in August, the shop’s 33-year-old manager was shot and killed, and another man shot and wounded, by a gunman who fled in a blue SUV.
The victim, Mario Gonzalez, was described by relatives as a “giant teddy bear,” as the Daily News reported at the time.
Police later arrested Zachery Bryant, a 37-year-old Georgia man, and charged him with murder and attempted murder. Authorities initially attributed the killing to a disgruntled ex-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 been filed yet for that large, five-story structure — a former factory that now includes loft-style offices and a garage.
The company did not immediately respond Monday to questions about its plans for the site, butlast year that it could accommodate a project as big as 205,000 square feet.