New York Wins the Battle for Fresh Direct –

This afternoon, the NY Times reported that

New York officials announced Tuesday that Fresh Direct, based in Queens, will build and move to a 500,000-square-foot building in the Bronx.

The Times also reported that the total value of the incentives from the city, the state and the Bronx BP Ruben Diaz topped $120 million: including $74 million in city tax exemptions, $18.5 million in state tax credits, and $18 million in cash, split between city and state.

The new Fresh Direct headquarters will be in a state-of-the-art facility at the Harlem River Yard. The deal retains 2,000 existing jobs, creates 1,000 new jobs, and promises to yield an economic impact of $255 million to the city.

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1 Response to New York Wins the Battle for Fresh Direct –

  1. jen says:

    Hi, many are attending Thursday and many are interested and cannot. We can ALL send an email to the

    New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

    By visiting here:

    Cut and paste, or add your own, or both!

    “I am very troubled at the recent announcement by the Governor and other elected officials that tax benefits and other corporate subsidies are being offered to Fresh Direct to relocate to the waterfront of the South Bronx.  I already had many concerns with this proposal, including the impact of so many truck trips in an area with the highest rate of asthma in the Nation, but the totally undemocratic disrespect for the public approval process and the people of the City and the State prompts me to write to you.

    Please investigate the lease between the NYS Department of Transportation and the Harlem River Rail Yards that a predecessor to you signed during the previous Cuomo Administration.  We need to ensure that State land is being properly utilized and all payments are being made to the State and the public benefits of a waterfront be enjoyed by Bronx residents.  This needs to happen before Fresh Direct, or any other entity can be considered for tax breaks and giveaways and move to our public land.  Thank you in advance for your written response.”

    Pass this on!


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