Whole Foods Saga Drags on as BSA Blessing is Sought


Way back in early June Community Board 6 supported Whole Foods’ plans to build bigger than zoning allows on 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue, and, as Pardon Me for Asking reported, the grocer will have its day before the powers that be at the Board of Standards and Appeals on Tuesday, December 13th. The BSA hearing will consider Whole Foods’ variance request for a 56,000-square-foot store in a spot where the company would typically only be allowed to build a 10,000-square-foot structure. It wouldn’t be unheard of for the BSA to continue this hearing over several sessions, so—assuming the variance is eventually granted—who knows when construction will actually begin.
Gowanus Whole Foods Calendared [Pardon Me for Asking]
CB6 Committee OKs Whole Foods Build [Brownstoner]

12 Comment

  • Oh geez, this is the land of nothing, just build something already.
    whats the difference how big it is. This is not a residential area, so why does there have to be such a problem.

  • This should be a rubberstamp variance… Of course, they have to make a show out of it just in case WalMart asks for the same thing, right?

  • This should be a rubberstamp variance… Of course, they have to make a show out of it just in case WalMart asks for the same thing, right?

  • This doesn’t sound right. Usually a Special Permit is needed to build more than a 10,000 SF store in NYC, unless hardware related. Not a variance…..

    They MUST build something large as they are in over 20mm on this site….

    as other commenters said, a no brainer yes

  • I am beginning to think my prediction (circa 2006) that nothing will ever get built here will eventually prove true.

  • The BSA is politically calibrated. If City Hall wants the project, there is nothing to worry about.

  • This user will add a lot of traffic on the nearby streets. Maybe too much. For that reason alone it should be on 4th Avenue; however that’s not what was planned. I think the City is taking a second look, as they have done with the facades of the built-up 4th Avenue.

  • Whatever. I think anybody who has ever shopped at the Food Co-op knows what a red herring this whole deal is. I shop everywhere for great food: Chelsea Market, Citarella, Fairway, Garden of Eden, Stew Leonard’s (coming back from the mountains) Trader Joe’s, various Whole Foods, local shops along Court and Smith.

    Last weekend we picked up our bird and entire menu at Park Slope FC, and ever since I have been questioning why I ever venture elsewhere. Competition is great, but I honestly don’t care if they ever build a Whole Foods there.

  • Whatever. I think anybody who has ever shopped at the Food Co-op knows what a red herring this whole deal is. I shop everywhere for great food: Chelsea Market, Citarella, Fairway, Garden of Eden, Stew Leonard’s (coming back from the mountains) Trader Joe’s, various Whole Foods, local shops along Court and Smith.

    Last weekend we picked up our bird and entire menu at Park Slope FC, and ever since I have been questioning why I ever venture elsewhere. Competition is great, but I honestly don’t care if they ever build a Whole Foods there.

  • I agree with Stargazer. build something, anything, and fast. There is no issue the the size of the store, this is a vacant and blighted, non-residential neighborhood with little traffic. I am not a big fan of Whole Foods, but they are way better than a festering hole, and will bring local jobs and a much needed grocery store to the area.

  • I agree with Stargazer. build something, anything, and fast. There is no issue the the size of the store, this is a vacant and blighted, non-residential neighborhood with little traffic. I am not a big fan of Whole Foods, but they are way better than a festering hole, and will bring local jobs and a much needed grocery store to the area.