Closing Bell: Gowanus Whole Foods Looking Good

Wow! Like magic, the frame of the Whole Foods has appeared on the 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue corner lot in Gowanus. Pardon Me For Asking snapped photos of the steel frame, which she believes is mostly complete. It only started going up in the past few weeks. Now we know how close the Whole Foods will be to the historic Coignet Stone building right on the corner. Controversy ensued when the Landmarks Preservation Commission reduced the lot of the building, allowing Whole Foods to build more. (Now there’s a good chance that Whole Foods may end up buying the Coignet building.) Looks like the 56,000-square-foot market, after years and years of holdups, is finally well on its way.
Gowanus Whole Foods Taking Shape [PMFA]
Photo by PMFA

9 Comment

  • why would that building even be land marked if it was left to ruins, it must not have of been that important.

    i just hate this little structure. i wish it would burn down already.

    or maybe some body put it back to its originality.

  • I like it. It has character & personality.

  • “Wow! Like magic….” Yeah, kind of like the character actor who becomes an “overnight sensation” at 49, despite having appeared in tens of movies.

    I believe stargazer has selectively forgotten the responses to similar comments in the past. Since the animosity seems to almost personal, there doesn’t seem much point in responding, other than to go all meta.

  • Ironically it can’t burn down. The reason that it is landmarked is that it was the first cast concrete building of it’s kind ever. The gentlemen who developed much of Park Slope (and who built the amazing home that is the current park headquarters ) used it as his office and an example of a new construction technique that would become the de-facto way buildings were constructed for a long time.

    While I agree that it’s in sad shape, I believe that Whole Foods is legally obliged to rehab the facade whether or not they buy the building. We already lost a huge piece of Brooklyn history on that block with the original Washington Park. I am all for the development of the area, but let’s do it responsibly and with a mind for the past.

    • Close Mr President but the Concrete building was built by Francois Coignet to showcase his concrete. Litchfields company did use it but only after Coignet’s business failed (which was only 3 years before Litchfield died and his house made part of the park)

      Also I dont know if the loss of Washington Park in the 1920’s (only a few years after it was built) can really be considered a “loss of a huge piece of Brooklyn History)

  • “years and years of holdups”

    How many years has it been, a few?