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City to Vote on Special Permit for Gowanus Whole Foods Tuesday

A day before the vote, the Gowanus Institute unveiled their alternative plans for the 4.2-acre lot.

Eight years after Whole Foods Market bought a 4.2-acre lot on the corner of Third Street and Third Avenue, a city panel will vote Tuesday on whether to approve a special permit for the store, which would be five times bigger than current zoning regulations allow, says the New York Times.

At a hearing in January, local manufacturers and artists to the 52,000-square-foot supermarket, saying that Brooklyn’s industrial and creative industries should be preserved and that a big-box retailer would hurt local small businesses.

But last June, , with amendments for a traffic study after it’s opening, an earlier nightly closing time, more plantings on the walkways, and a confirmation from the Environmental Protection Agency that the location of the store would not interfere with the Superfund clean-up process at the Gowanus Canal.

On Monday, the Gowanus Institute released plans for an alternative use of the space,  called Gowanus Industrial Park: A Center for Culinary and Industrial Innovation. The group proposes a smaller 10,000 square-foot Whole Foods store that mainly sells local products and food prepared on-site at a commercial kitchen space, as well as a training facility for chefs. A second building, 295,000 square-feet wide and five stories tall, would house “creative and green industries.”

The Gowanus Institute’s plan says it will create about 900 jobs, while the proposed full-size Whole Foods store would produce about 350 jobs.

Jenny February 28, 2012 at 03:37 PM
thanks Jamie for bringing a lot of information to us in a timely manner all the time.
Anthony February 28, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Take your over-priced gluten-free, organic food and go back to Manhattan.
A. Ginsberg February 28, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I am not a big fan of Whole Foods but the idea of a multi used space sounds great for the surrounding neighborhoods
Irony February 28, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Yeah! If you want under-priced gluten-free, organic food go to the Co-Op.
tim maguire February 28, 2012 at 09:22 PM
The Gowanus Institutes' proposal sounds nicer, but is it a plan or a pipe dream? I suspect the latter.

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