Board votes to fund FreshDirect move

If approved, the agency would back a $9

If approved, the agency would back a $9 million grant and $1 million loan to the grocer company.

THE BRONX - Board members from the Empire State Development Corporation voted to fund the move of FreshDirect from Long Island City in Queens to the Harlem River Yards in Mott Haven.

The agency voted to back a $9 million grant and $1 million loan to the grocer company.

Some of the concerns of those against Fresh Direct moving to the South Bronx are the environmental impact on the health of the community and the number of jobs mandated to Bronx residents. In response, a spokesperson from Fresh Direct said asthma is a concern of the company and that 600 people from the borough already work for the online grocer.

The Empire State Development Corporation approved the funding in a preliminary vote back in August.

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