In paying his first-ever visit to the Hunts Point food distribution markets on Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio touted the city’s promise to invest $150 million for new buildings, increased rail capacity and protection against storm surge.
The mayor spoke at the Hunts Point Cooperative Market on Food Center Drive to kick off the second installment of the City Hall in Your Borough, which coincided with Bronx Week.
“We need to make investments to make sure the market runs and the market is protected from Mother Nature,” the mayor said, adding that the market “literally feeds New York City.”
“And those resiliency efforts to protect against storms, to make sure the market is safe and our food supply is safe, that’s what the $150 million is achieving,” he said. In 2012, the markets came chillingly close to being completely destroyed when Superstorm Sandy came ashore. The initiative calls for “the creation of 900 construction jobs and 500 permanent jobs, adding to the already extraordinary economic impact of this market.”
Ramping up rail capacity so that more food can be brought in via train, he said, would ensure “fewer trucks on our streets, less pollution. So, we really believe in increasing the rail capacity here.”