Diaz Defends Fresh Direct's Move to the Bronx

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. is defending online grocer Fresh Direct's plans to move to Mott Haven.

Speaking on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show on Monday, he said the company's expected to create 1,000 jobs over the next three to four years. He also said that Fresh Direct is negotiating with a company in Missouri that makes zero-emission trucks and is also planning on opening up shop in the Bronx.

Diaz said he wants to make sure the company commits to delivering its products "to areas in the Bronx outside of Riverdale."

"What's even better is that we're doing this in a smart, sustainable way," he said.

Fresh Direct's receiving about $128 million in city and state tax incentives and breaks to build the new facility.

Critics of the deal say it was inked with limited community input and that the company should do more than deliver to only four of the Bronx’s 27 zip codes.