The South Bronx neighborhood of Hunts Point is home to 12,600 residents, a thriving Industrial Business Zone, and the 329-acre city-owned Food Distribution Center. NYCEDC has been engaged with the community since the conception of the 2003 Hunts Point Vision Plan Task Force, resulting in the Hunts Point Vision Plan - a guiding document released in 2004 that provided a 20-year framework for the future of the peninsula.
The neighborhood of Hunts Point is an area of approximately 690 acres in the South Bronx, nearly half of which is occupied by the 329-acre Food Distribution Center. It is a diverse, industrial neighborhood with a solid residential community of roughly 12,000 residents.
Hunts Point Vision Plan
The Hunts Point Vision Plan Task Force was formed in Spring 2003 to provide a forum for addressing critical issues facing Hunts Point. The Task Force is made up of community leaders, business owners, local constituents, elected officials, and government agencies. The Hunts Point Vision Plan was released on March 8, 2005, and focused on four categories of short-term goals that were prioritized by the Task Force and outlines a series of recommendations to meet those goals:
- Optimizing Land Use: Including the redevelopment of brownfields and a special district rezoning that expands opportunities for industrial and large retail uses, and strengthens the buffer between residential and noxious industrial uses.
- Implementing Workforce Solutions: Including the creation of a permanent Hunts Point Workforce1 Career Center within the Hunts Point peninsula.
- Creating Connections: Including greater access to the waterfront, streetscape enhancements, and intersection improvements for pedestrian safety. For more information, please see the South Bronx Greenway plan.
- Improving Traffic Safety & Efficiency: Including the development of an alternative fueling facility, implementation of new truck routes and signage, and the reconfiguration of Food Center Drive.
Over the years, the City has implemented portions of the Vision Plan and is coordinating its efforts across several agencies including NYCEDC and the Departments of City Planning, Parks & Recreation, Transportation, and Small Business Services. The Task Force continues to meet on a bi-annual basis to provide progress updates on projects and initiatives.
Hunts Point Food Distribution Center
The Hunts Point Food Distribution Center is comprised of over 155 public and private wholesalers, including the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market, the Cooperative Meat Market, and the New Fulton Fish Market, who generate more than $3 billion in sales annually.
Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market
Opened in 1967, the Terminal Produce Market occupies 105 acres, and consists of four primary warehouse structures, two adjunct warehouses, and various administrative and maintenance structures, making it the largest produce market in the country. The market is home to 47 merchants ranging from small firms with three employees to large firms with approximately 400 employees for an aggregate total of roughly 3,000 employees. The market captures an estimated $2 to $2.3 billion in revenue per year, or 22% of regional wholesale produce sales, equivalent to approximately 60% of the produce sales within New York City.
Hunts Point Cooperative Meat Market
Opened in 1974, the Cooperative Meat Market occupies roughly 40 acres and consists of six large refrigerated, freezer buildings, including a new refrigeration plant; the total refrigerated space is approximately 1,000,000 square feet. The market is home to 52 merchants and approximately 2400 employees and is governed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which inspects and supervises the processing facilities daily. The Cooperative Meat Market supplies meat and meat products to the tri-state area and has distribution channels nationwide.
The New Fulton Fish Market
Opened in 1807, the New Fulton Fish Market relocated to Hunts Point in 2005 from lower Manhattan, making it the oldest and largest wholesale fish market in the country with 38 wholesalers employing an estimated 650 employees. The market consists of a 430,000-square foot facility with 19 bays and 8 separate entrances. The market captures an estimated $1 billion in revenue per year.