According the The Bronx Times, the south Bronx is soon to be home to a massive greenmarket food hub run by GrowNYC, a nonprofit organization that specializes in bringing affordable produce to residents all around the five boroughs.
The hub was announced after Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. committed $650,000 of his FY2020 budget to the project. The two-story building will cost around $25 million and take up 75,000 square feet of space in Hunt’s Point.
It will provide a farmer’s market, food processing area, and a distribution center, all in the hopes of engaging local businesses and farmers that may not have the outlet to sell their goods. It will also provide 95 permanent jobs and 120 construction jobs.
Construction of the hub is set to begin in late 2019 with an eye towards a spring 2021 opening. GrowNYC President Marcel Van Ooyen hopes that the greenmarket hub will bring fresh, local food and accessible jobs to the community. He expressed optimism to the Bronx Times, saying “with the Hub we are addressing all of those needs.”