FreshDirect Move to the Bronx Argued in Court

NEW YORK (AP) -

A coalition of residents took their fight to court over FreshDirect’s move to the Bronx.

The South Bronx Unite coalition had filed a lawsuit to block the move to a vacant site in the Harlem River Yard.

In February 2012, the Bloomberg Administration offered the online grocer a $127.8 million tax incentive, saying it had outgrown its Queens location.

The coalition said Monday officials had failed to assess the environmental impact of the move on the community in terms of traffic and air quality.

The city countered the legal environmental impact had been met.

In a statement, FreshDirect cited the support of a half-dozen Bronx organizations. It said it looked forward to getting past “this final hurdle” and making the South Bronx its new home and creating 1,000 new jobs.