FreshDirect aims to receive $127 million in public subsidies to move its headquarters to public waterfront land in the South Bronx, bringing upwards of 1,000 diesel truck trips every day through a neighborhood with asthma rates eight times the national average. The company aims to use public money to build a 500,000+ square foot warehouse and underground parking facility in a Zone B flood zone when, by its own analysis, the company is able to stay and expand in its current Long Island City location. The move to the South Bronx would entail building next to a 5,000 ton per day waste transfer station and on land documented with evidence of a Native American settlement and burial ground. New Yorkers are dismayed that city, state and borough leaders would subsidize FreshDirect’s loud, polluting and excessively idling diesel trucks that overburden New York City streets, particularly given the company’s refusal to pay living wages and its history of unfair labor practice claims.
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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Sunday, January 13, 2013
See articles about the packed event:
DNA - Urban Planners Propose Green Alternatives to FreshDirect's Bronx Facility (January 29, 2013)
Mott Haven Herald - Residents push for greener waterfront (January 28, 2013)
Daily News - Residents come out to support visions for Harlem River Yard that include ball fields and bike paths, but not FreshDirect (January 28, 2013)