Everything from lost sunglasses to bicycles to crime evidence has to be put somewhere for storage. DNA evidence, drugs and crime scene items are kept at police storage warehouses. Most items eventually go to auction. The NYPD currently stores articles that either have no known owner or items to be later used as evidence at trial in six warehouses across the city. Now they are looking to consolidate all warehouses into one 300,000 square foot facility, and they have found the place: The Star Corrugated Box Company warehouse on Grand Avenue and 55th Street in Maspeth. According to police sources they take 500,000 pieces of goods to be stored every year. They have to be stored somewhere. Now they might ALL be stored in Maspeth. Floods from Superstorm Sandy apparently compromised two warehouses in Brooklyn which use about 145,000 square feet. The Maspeth warehouse will reportedly not store motorcycles or autos. Star Corrugated Box, a union shop, has been in Maspeth since the early nineteen hundreds and was sold in 2001 to a Canadian firm. Box production at the plant employed hundreds of workers and had slowly gotten smaller until the land was put up for sale in late 2014.
The new facility should employ about 30 people.
By the way, some good deals for these types of items can be found on the police auction site…. http://www.propertyroom.com