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City shuts down 2 Dorchester auto shops; at one shop, inspectors find bed allegedly used for prostitution

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  June 10, 2013 01:02 PM

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(City of Boston Inspectional Services Department)

The illegal sleeping area city officials found in back of an auto repair shop at 1325 Dorchester Ave.

City inspectors have shut down two Dorchester auto repair shops after finding numerous environmental and safety hazards, expired and missing permits and code violations, including an illegal makeshift sleeping quarters behind one shop that officials believe was frequently used for prostitution.

Officials shut down El Auto Repair at 1325 Dorchester Ave., where the box spring and mattress covered by a tarp was found and dismantled by city officials; and Sandman Auto Body Shop, at 210 Washington St., according to the Inspectional Services Department.

A stop work order has been placed on both properties until all code violations have been corrected and proper permits have been obtained, city officials said.

Violations found at the shop include: improper storage of flammable materials; excessive garbage, trash and debris; outdated permits; and no licenses for storing and handling hazardous materials, officials said.

Inspections of auto repair shops in the area were conducted over a series of evenings this month after the Dorchester Neighborhood Response Team received complaints of illegal activity at some of the shops, including from neighbors who said they had seen “prostitutes flowing in and out of the establishment” at 1325 Dorchester Ave.

The inspections were conducted by the Inspectional Services Department’s Auto Shop Team, Boston Police officers, Boston Fire officials and hazmat crews.

Over the next three months, city officials said they plan to crackdown on other auto repair shops that violate environmental and zoning rules.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at mjrochele@gmail.com.
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A safety violation inside 1325 Dorchester Ave.

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(City of Boston Inspectional Services Department)

The city says trash and debris constitute a violation at this shop at 1325 Dorchester Ave.

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