Around 2:00pm, on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, officers from Area E-13 (Jamaica Plain), members of the BPD’s Licensing Unit, Hazmat Team, as well as, the City’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD) responded 3575 Washington Street (Boston Best Auto) to conduct an environmental inspection of the business located at the aforementioned address. Officers had received numerous complaints from residents alleging that the business had been selling cars out of the location. Moreover, many of the complaints centered on the fact that the business was parking and storing unregistered cars on the city streets that surround the business. On arrival, officers spoke to the owner of the business and asked him to explain and account for the motor vehicles stored on and around his property. Officers counted approximately 28 cars on the lot.
When asked to explain the large number of cars and the fact that some of the cars had ‘For Sale’ signs prominently displayed, the owner was unable to provide a reasonable explanation.
Of the cars found on the lot, one was found leaking oil into the street and a catch basin. A test conducted by the Boston Fire Department’s Hazmat Team showed oil in the catch basin. As a result, the business was ordered closed until the damage could be addressed and remedied.
The Inspectional Services Department will set up a hearing for the owner of the business where violations found on the property will be further discussed and addressed.