“There is a lot of work with much to be done,” he said.
“But steady, positive work is being done with the city on this. Hopefully, we will know what our future holds sometime in 2012.”
D’Arrigo said it is too early to make any comment on what that deal may resemble.
He said operators are trying to gain the best deal possible for vendors. D’Arrigo said that includes not ruling out a possible move to another state.
One thing is certain, however: The 500,000-square-foot market needs new operations to adapt to modern food safety requirements.
“There are a lot of dynamics in the world of food safety. We don’t want to be in a 45-year-old facility and trying to compete with some of the things that are out there in the near future in terms of the Produce Traceability Initiative and the Food Safety Modernization Act.
“If the government is going to start playing an active role in how our industry and middlemen operate, you need to have a good facility. It’s long overdue and the right timing.”