NYC investing $140 million in Hunts Point
The Hunts Point Produce market is on its way to being bigger and better than ever, thanks to an injection of $140 million courtesy of an economic recovery blueprint introduced by New York City Mayor Eric Adams.
According to Adams, $100 million has been earmarked for improving the Hunts Point Produce Market infrastructure, while another $40 million will go to the parks and other infrastructure in surrounding areas.
“The Hunts Point Produce Market is not only one of the most vital resources in the city’s food supply system, but also a crucial fixture for the Bronx’s communities and economy,” said New York State Senator Alessandra Biaggi. “This $140 million investment in the Hunts Point Market will be pivotal for our borough and allow us to further facilitate job growth, while tackling food insecurity in the Bronx. I applaud Mayor Adams for prioritizing Hunts Point and the Bronx community in his plan and look forward to working with him to build a better Bronx.”
Councilman Rafael Salamanca, who represents the neighborhood and whose father worked at the market, suggested that the improvements aren’t only needed but also deserved.
“We fed over 65,000 people in Hunts Point,” he said of the food drives he and market purveyors organized during the height of COVID-19. “If we want these businesses to continue to provide this type of service for New Yorkers and the tri-state area, we need to ensure that they have an upgraded facility.”
Hunts Point is home to over 12,000 residents, 18,000 workers and the largest wholesale food distribution facility in the country. Over the past year, the Hunts Point community has partnered with the city to create Hunts Point Forward, a vision for a safe, healthy, and economically thriving neighborhood for residents and workers alike.