Bronx Residents File Suit Against Fresh Direct Move
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South Bronx residents are going to court to stop Fresh Direct from moving in.
A lawsuit was filed Wednesday aiming to stop the online grocer's relocation from Long Island City to the Harlem River Yards.
The suit asks for a full environmental review of the project, which critics say would add thousands of diesel truck and car trips to an already over-polluted community.
"It's not about do we want jobs or don't we want jobs. It's about if you're going to do something like this in the South Bronx, if you're going to bring in a pollution, potentially pollution-intensive project. You got to study it," said Gavin Kearney of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.
"Right now, parachuting in like this, this is not called development. This is called discrimination cause they don't do that to other neighborhoods in the city," said Bronx resident Libertad Guerra.
In a statement, Fresh Direct says it already commissioned an environmental impact review which showed fewer truck trips and less traffic compared to a 1993 approval of the site.
The company also says it will soon move to a 100 percent green transportation fleet.