Hunts Point Market Considers Move From The Bronx To New Jersey

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – There may be a sweeter deal on the other side of the Hudson River for the Hunts Point produce market’s 47 vendors and 8,500 jobs.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond In The Bronx

Teamsters union president Daniel Kane says they’ve simply outgrown the facility.

“This market was built in the 60s, really designed in the 50s. Trucks are bigger. The amount of producer is larger. There’s a lot more items that are sold at the market. So, it takes more space,” Kane told WCBS 880 reporter Marla Diamond.

Kane represents 50 owners and 1,200 workers.

“There is a new governor in New Jersey and I think that the governor approached the market merchants and said, ‘Well, this is an option,'” he says. “I think, for our members, we’d rather stay here. I think that’s what should happen, but then again, the economics of the situation has to be worked out.”

Talk of renovation, he says, has been going on through many administrations. The cost of renovation has been estimated at $350 million.

“No pun intended, if the time is ripe to make this deal happen,” he says. “I think the city, as the landlord, will step up to the plate here – the vendors sit down and get this deal done.”

Though New Jersey is courting the market with tax incentives, the Crain’s New York Business reports the market is nearing a deal to stay in its current Bronx location for at least another year.

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  • Barre Flynn

    My friend Joe has a business that uses the market every day. This is his life. He lives in queens and starts his day very early in the morning. Shifting the business to NJ would add huge expenses to his company such as taxes that are incurred through tolls and gas. He would have to move to NJ to keep his business going and might not be able to make it even with that. Where is the MAYOR and Gov? This move might be good for the supplies but it would be an absolute killer for the vendors.

  • Mike

    Hunts point looks,smells and works like a third world market.Just set it on fire than might a chance to rebuilt.

  • Reuven Kerner

    funny, i said the same thing about obama.

  • Barry Levine

    Street vending should be outlawed!!!

  • EddBx

    Why not build a bigger facility on the vecinity of the current market? It will spand the location and create more needed jobs for the Bronx. It seems that the governor of New Jersey has an agenda to vigorously stir New York City’s business to his state by, offering sweet deals to our city’s business owners, and by doing so, he disregarding the future of our communities. And our Mayor also, with his own agenda of not helping the city’s most susceptible business owners -the street vendors-! I would like to know how they will benefit from this venture. It will cost them more because if they can not make it over the Hudson, they will have to pay more to third party sharks to acquire their produce. And to whom would they pass these new costs to? You guessed right.

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