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Old 03-25-2013, 09:10 AM
Location: Bronx, NY
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Originally Posted by Bronxguyanese View Post
It is great news or good news. Pop champagne bottles, yay. All this facility gonna do is pay locals in the area living wage salary which is good to some extent, but even with living wage salary some may still need food stamps to feed their kids , or NYCHA for subsidized housing. I even knew a fresh direct worker who used to make connect stops in between deliveries. Why? Because the pay is not great. Maybe more warehouse business will sprout up in the area with all those trucks passing by, plauging the lungs of the youths with asthma, and putting a strain on medicaid.
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:25 AM
Location: Bronx, NY
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Originally Posted by Norwood Boy View Post
I agree with you Ny writer, here's the question. Did fresh direct get huge taxpayer subsidies? I'm a huge fan of the private sector but not if they are getting taxpayer money.
Yes. They will be receiving $130 million.
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:31 AM
Location: Bronx, NY
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Originally Posted by SobroGuy View Post
Sha83, you are right that FreshDirect knows they have a losing battle and have been caving ever since the community pushed back. They initially were not planning on serving the Bronx at all (with the exception of 2 zipcodes), not even the community they were building the warehouse....but they suddenly changed their tune and now serving the entire borough. Weird huh?

But the ultimate nail in the coffin as to why this expansion will not happen in the South Bronx (or at least not this specific location) is this:

The expansion is based on a 20+ year old environmental impact study. Freshdirect has already admitted publicly that if they had to provide a new environmental impact study, as mandated by law, they would not be able to open on this site. Oops! And furthermore, this site was leased to a private owner by the city and was mandated by the lease contract, to lease to business which use freight lines, not auto or trucks. Of course this has not happened either as the owner has leased major parcels to truck heavy paper publishing plants and delivery services (like FedEx). Freshdirect would be another violation of the lease. They have violated terms of the lease, and now in court because they may lose control of the entire site, and not just the parcel proposed for FreshDirect! Double Oops!

So you can take the word of the uninformed op who doesn't know anything about this case, or you can take the word of FreshDirect themselves who know they are screwed, as well as the owner of the giant property who is now at risk of losing the entire thing!

FreshDirect will not be moving on this site:

Not just because it a confiscation of prime waterfront property and public land
Not just because it is a waste of tax payer funds with no tax payer benefit
Not just because the community was not even consulted
Not just because there was no guarantee of any jobs for anyone, ever
Not just because FreshDirect had no interest in even serving the borough but just using it for trucks.....

But because they will not legally be allowed to because of the required environmental impact which they already know will prevent them from opening. Sorry fo ya!
You wrote more than I had patience to (I recite that 20 year EIS whenever anybody states tehy are pro-FD in the Bronx.)
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