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Fort Drum Vehicle Storage to move into former Northland Motors facility


Fort Drum Vehicle Storage has found a new home in the former Northland Motors Technology building at 968 Bradley St.

The company that stores vehicles mainly for soldiers who have been deployed is leasing the 60,547-square-foot plant that housed Northland Motors until it closed three years ago, confirmed a spokesman with the building’s owner.

The storage company owners JoAnn Sanchez-Norquist and John S. Norquist lost a building at 753 Rear W. Main St. in July after they failed to pay $17,776.37 in back taxes.

Ms. Sanchez-Norquist was out of the office and did not respond to a request for information. A sign indicating the new move sits in front of the Bradley Street building, zoned for light manufacturing.

Ted Wilson, group comptroller for Scott Fetzer, which owns Northland, said he was “well aware” of Fort Drum Vehicle Storage’s dubious past. He said he had talked to the owners on numerous occasions to arrange for the lease of the Bradley Street facility.

“It was purely a business transaction between two parties,” he said, declining to comment further.

Fort Drum Vehicle Storage has been operating out of the Hotis Motel, 23442 Route 37 in the town of Pamelia, since the city took over the West Main Street location. On Sunday, dozens of snow-covered cars were parked in the motel’s parking lot. On Wednesday, they were gone.

A Fort Drum Vehicle Storage employee said the vehicles were driven to the new location. The company charges $175 per month to store them indoors.

City officials were surprised to hear about the developments for the vehicle storage company.

Before the company can move in, the city’s Code Enforcement Office will have to inspect the building to see if it can handle that type of business, Code Enforcement Supervisor Sean R. McWayne said. The owners will also need a change-of-use permit.

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