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A 2008 study by the New York City Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), City Planning (DCP) and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) found that many low- and moderate-income neighborhoods across the City are underserved by grocery stores offering a full line of grocery products, including fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh meats, dairy and other food and nonfood products.  

The Food Retail Expansion to Support Health, or FRESH, program will facilitate the development of stores selling a full range of food products with an emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and other perishable goods. The FRESH program provides zoning and discretionary tax incentives for neighborhood grocery stores to locate in some of the most underserved neighborhoods in the City with primarily pedestrian-oriented, local shopping districts. FRESH boundaries show where incentives apply to promote the development and expansion of full line grocery stores and supermarkets. This is a geographic file created by the New York City Department of City Planning, showing eligible areas for the zoning incentives administered by the Department of City Planning and eligible areas for tax incentives administered by the NYC Industrial Development Agency. 

A zoning text amendment defining areas eligible for the zoning incentives was adopted on December 9, 2009. New areas were included with the City Council’s adoption of zoning text amendments on May 11, 2011 and on October 9, 2013. The eligible areas encompass portions of Community Districts 9-12 in the Borough of Manhattan, portions of Community Districts 1-7 in the Borough of the Bronx, portions of Community Districts 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 16 and 17 in the Borough of Brooklyn and the Special Downtown Jamaica District and Community District 12, and Hallets Point in Community District 1 in the Borough of Queens. The tax incentives are available over broader areas of New York City. All NYCIDA benefits are discretionary. Companies requesting assistance from the NYCIDA will be evaluated by NYCIDA staff individually to determine specific eligibility. All benefits are, by statute, subject to the approval of the NYCIDA’s Board of Directors. Companies must request NYCIDA assistance prior to entering into any property lease, acquisition or renovation contracts, unless such contracts are contingent upon NYCIDA assistance. Please see to learn more about these incentives.

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