LIC Auto Repair at 44-12 Purves Street (27-19 44th Drive) closes

The busiest block in New York City just got busier. By now, you’ve all heard of major construction projects within the last year at The Vista,1 The SculptureCenter,2 44-30 Purves Street,3 44-46 Purves Street,4 and 44-41 Purves Street.5

Now, add 44-12 Purves Street, a/k/a 27-19 44th Drive, to the list.

The former home of the LIC Auto Repair shop has inhabited that spot for decades, but closed its doors recently as it too will bow to the allure of residential builds. When we stopped by last week, we took a quick peak inside and noticed that all of the auto body equipment had been removed from the shop, and one of the two awnings had also been taken down. The owner also confirmed to us that he had closed up shop after more than ’40 years’ in the business and as you can see in the first photo below, is moving operations to Glendale, NY.

According to permits filed in October 2014 first spotted by New York YIMBY,6  a 27-story building with 165 units (122,405 square feet) and a commercial space of 2,124 square feet will take its place.7

LIC Auto Repair

The shop is moving to Glendale

27-19 44th Drive

The awning has been removed that previously advertised for the auto body shop

27-19 44th Drive

27-19 44th Drive is also known as 44-12 Purves Street

27-19 44th Drive

Most of the auto body equipment has been removed inside 27-19 44th Drive

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