Gowanus Whole Foods Still Faces a Few Hurdles
Last week, the Department of Buildings issued the first permit for the planned Gowanus Whole Foods on Third Street. The permit, which was first reported by Brownstoner, would allow for some work on the foundation. The Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus group, which opposes construction of the big project, sent an email to Community Board 6 pointing out that the project still doesn't have the go-ahead from the Department of Environmental Conservation without which it can't start construction. Here's some of the email:
The bloggs announced this week that the DOB has granted permits for Whole Foods to begin construction. The DOB did approve their Underpinning and Shoring application but has not approved their zoning and architectural application for the building...The concern here is that, while the DOB has permitted the Shoring and Underpinning work, Whole Foods has yet to complete their State DEC Wetlands Application...Once Whole Foods completes their wetlands application the DEC will hold a 30 day public comment period before issuing permits. The DEC office stated, today, that if Whole Foods begins any work before they have a wetlands permits, "the DEC will shut them down".The somewhat toxic site, by the way, is still open for public tours and viewing via its perpetually open flimsy fence.