FreshDirect broke ground today on its 500,000-square-foot property in the South Bronx, according to a press release from the online grocer.
The massive warehouse in the Mott Haven section was designed by Cybul, Cybul & Wilhelm and A + I and constructed by Schimenti Construction; it will serve as the new headquarters for the 12-year old company, which currently operates out of Long Island City in a facility the company says it has outgrown. The property is set to be open for business in late 2016 and will serve as FreshDirect’s corporate headquarters and food manufacturing and distribution facility.
Construction crews are currently dismantling a two-story building at 180 Orchard Street on the Lower East Side, making way for an eventual Hotel Indigo that will rise 23 stories from the ground and bring 295 new hotel rooms to the transformed neighborhood.
Local bloggers have kept an eye on the address since 2009 during the protracted construction of the low-lying property now largely reduced to rubble. Rumors that a mini-mall would fill the space worried preservationists, but 180 Orchard Street lay vacant for years until it was announced in May of 2011 that Hotel Indigo, a “branded boutique” chain owned by Intercontinental Hotels Group, would move in.