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Gowanus Whole Foods Marches On…Sort Of

September 2nd, 2008 · 3 Comments

There is progress to report in the long-running saga of the Gowanus Whole Foods. This comes on the heels of a post we had in early August about activity on the site and of statements from the grocer that they’re working up a revised plan, but that the company has certainly not abandoned its plan to build on the site. Just as the long weekend was starting, we received an email from Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus that Whole Foods did, in fact, get a partial building permit from the Department of Buildings on August 27. The permits are for a foundation and for a construction fence. Both were issued on the 27th. They are significant in that they show the project potentially moving ahead, yet not so significant because the grocer does not have the necessary approvals from the State Department of Environmental Conservation to build. Interestingly, FROGG also notes: “There seems to be some hangup on zoning and subdivision. As an aside: the State DEC wetlands staff has never notified FROGG that Whole Foods has completed their Wetlands Application. Letters were sent to John Cryon of the DEC Wetlands Division. Recent phone calls have not been returned.”

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nicky Shy // Sep 2, 2008 at 11:32 am

    How close to the F train will this thing be?

  • 2 Jake // Sep 2, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Six blocks.

  • 3 Eric // Sep 2, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    o.4 miles from either 4th Ave./9th St. or Carroll St. F stations, and 0.4 miles from Union St. R station.

    That’s the equivalent of about 8 city blocks.