SOUTH BRONX - A controversial plan to allow online grocer FreshDirect to move to the Harlem River Yards in Port Morris took center stage Thursday at the Community Board 1 meeting.

The company claims it will create 1,000 new jobs, increase the amount of products it buys from local Bronx markets, and convert its entire fleet to green vehicles.

But critics say the online grocer will further pollute the air quality of the South Bronx, won’t provide the job opportunities it promises, and will take advantage of critical property they say could be used to create a public waterfront.

It was the first time that representatives from FreshDirect presented their plan to Community Board 1, although the company says it does plan to do so again in the future.