It has become painfully apparent that when it comes to the Bronx, city officials just don’t care about the residents. In addition, by kowtowing to Brooklyn demands while blowing off the same from the Bronx, it paints an ugly picture of how the Bronx waterfront is slated for industrial / commercial development – residents’ health be damned! – while Brooklyn is handled with kid gloves for hyper gentrification and residential development.
1. FreshDirect coming to South Bronx – There has been much back and forth since the proposal in 2012 and subsequent lawsuits to block the move. Opponents of the deal have cited as part of their lawsuit the fact that the project used an environmental impact study from 1993 (deemed outdated in the lawsuit) and asked for a new study to be conducted.
The court denied the appeal in March 2014 and contended that the study was fine to use.
Court denies appeal to block FreshDirect
2. Brooklyn Bridge Park and affordable housing on Pier 6 is another case of residents vs. developers. In this scenario, residents contested the fact that the environmental study utilized was from 2005 and sued the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation.
A few weeks later BBP Corp acquiesced that more up-to-date information is warranted and is hiring consultants to further review the environmental impact.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Board says yes to new environmental review
Regardless of whether you feel FreshDirect coming to the South Bronx is a positive or negative for the community, the disparity between how the Bronx is treated vs. Brooklyn should be seen as a major infraction against the city government, including Mayor di Blasio and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.
Why is a 21-year old environmental impact review OK for the Bronx, but a 9-year old report for Brooklyn considered outdated?
Why is it that FreshDirect never felt the need to jump through hoops like BBP Corp. and invest in further studies?
The conjecture is that FreshDirect knew that the government would not pressure them to revise the environmental impact study for the Bronx; BBP Corp. did not have that security and therefore had to bow down. During his campaign, Mayor di Blasio campaigned against subsidy plans like FreshDirect, but since he has become Mayor, he has gone noticeably silent on this issue. It smacks of our mayor favoring his home borough over others.
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