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January 2011


January 5, 2011 | Posted by Elizabeth Larsen | Permalink

Since December 2009, New York City's Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) Program has offered financial benefits, such as tax reductions and exemptions, and zoning incentives, such as increased floor area and waiver of parking requirements, to businesses that expand or create new grocery stores in targeted areas. The City Council's FoodWorks report, released on November 22, 2010, proposes aggressive marketing of the FRESH Program, among other things, to encourage the expansion of fresh food retail in underserved areas of the City. On November 29, 2010, the Department of City Planning proposed expanding the applicability of the FRESH Program to commercial corridors in Queens Community District 12. To date, the following three projects have received financial incentives under the FRESH program: a new Foodtown in the Norwood section of the Bronx; a new Western Beef in the Tremont section of the Bronx; and a new Associated Supermarket in the Morrisania section of the Bronx. 

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