Whole Food Gowanus Creeps Steadily Forward

A rendering of something that may one day exist
A rendering of something that may one day exist

After many, many, many months, the fabled Gowanus Whole Foods is one baby step closer to reality.

Brownstoner reports that Community Board 6's landmarks and land use committee voted last night to support the company's plans to apply for a variance that would allow it to build a much bigger supermarket than zoning permits on its property, which is located on Third Avenue and 3rd Street.

The vote followed a public hearing where some neighborhood residents expressed concerns about the project, which calls for a 56,000-square-foot store that will incorporate a rooftop greenhouse, a waterfront walkway, a community center and café, and lots and lots and lots of parking. Traffic volume is an issue for some community members, who deemed an earlier traffic study inadequate; some residents also have reservations about the store's environmental impact.The committee urged Whole Foods to think about closing at 10 p.m. instead of 11 p.m., and to spend another year conducting a traffic study.

The full community board will decide whether to approve the variance when it meets next week; at this rate, the store should materialize right around the same time the Gowanus is clean enough to drink out of.

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