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Company enlists support of grassroots spokesmen Online grocer FreshDirect has enlisted two more leaders of grassroots organizations in the Bronx to support its move to the Harlem River Rail Yard. Steve Ritz of Green Bronx Machine and Chris Norwood of Health People: Community Preventive Health Institute have endorsed the company, [...]
Majora Carter, the noted South Bronx environmentalist, has been hired by FreshDirect to combat opposition to its relocation to Mott Haven.
Carter’s husband James Chase, the communications director for her consulting company The Majora Carter Group, confirmed that she has been under contract for the last two months to advocate on the on-line grocer’s behalf.
A Congressman, state senator and two members of the New York City Council have asked the State Department of Transportation to reconsider the lease that gives a private company control of the land where FreshDirect is planning to build its new headquarters. The legislators, who represent Mott Haven, are calling [...]
Over the objections of Bronx environmentalists and many local community advocates, the online grocer FreshDirect will move to Port Morris, thanks to a package of taxpayer subsidies worth nearly $130 million.
City officials said the deal preserves 2,000 jobs and will add more than 600 more. Critics cite its high cost and the speed with which it was rushed through without public input. They complain that the location of the new plant jeopardizes plans to build a pedestrian bridge to Randall’s Island and to create public access to the waterfront, and warn that the additional truck traffic to and from FreshDirect will further foul the air in a neighborhood where asthma is epidemic.
FreshDirect gets From New York State: • $18.9 million in Excelsior tax credits• $9 million capital grant • $4 million in energy grants and incentives • $1 million loan • Up to $1 million in vouchers for the purchase of electric vehicles From New York City: • Approximately $74 million [...]