Whole Foods to Start Cleaning up Gowanus Site, but Won’t Build Store Anytime Soon


It looks like Whole Foods is finally doing something to the site at Third Street in Gowanus where it’s been sort of planning to build a store for months now. The Carroll Gardens Diary got ahold of a letter sent to WF stakeholders and community groups detailing the chain’s plans to begin participating in New York’s Brownfield Cleanup Program.

According to the letter, which was sent by the law firm representing the developers, clean-up of the site will begin on or around January 11 and will “excavate and dispose of soils impacted with contaminants as a result of on-Site releases, remove former underground storage tanks, monitor ground water, and install a soil cover consisting of several feet of clean fill.”

Clean-up of the site is expected to take three months; whether or not Whole Foods will subsequently build a store there is still open to interpretation.

[Via Brownstoner]


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