FORT MYERS, Fla.- The Garden Street U-Pull-It opened for business Monday on Hanson Street following years of controversy.
“It’s been a rough four years,” said owner Robert Weber.
Community pushback stalled the junk yard project with worries it would be an eyesore and bad for the environment.
“I think this will count as one of the most laborious processes and procedures that I participated in,” said Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson. “It’s anything but an eyesore and therein lies the stated objective, to take facilities and this demonstrates that you can make them better.”
Customers lined up early Monday morning to get the first pick of the more than 900 cars inside the lot surrounded by a wall.
“Over and above what other facilities are like. For one, we concreted the entire site so it’s safe, clean, stable ground,” Weber said. “It’s great for the environment, we built a storm water retention pond.”
Weber says it’s a business he’s proud to finally open.
“I think Johnny Streets summed it up best when he approached me about a month ago at City Council and he said ‘place looks great. I was wrong, I want to shake your hand, you’ve done a great job.’ That to me said a lot,” Weber added.
The junk yard is open seven days a week, from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.