City Approves Permits for Whole Foods to Restore Coignet Building


    It looks like the crumbling but landmarked Coignet building may finally be getting some love.

    In December, the city approved new permits for Whole Foods to restore the building at 360 3rd Avenue. The permit, filed on October 11 and approved on December 3, outlines plans to “renovate building facade, repair, replacement and repointing cast stones wall, reconstruct stairs, install new windows and doors as shown on drawings.”

    In early December, neighborhood residents complained to the city that construction of the new grocery store had damaged the landmark. On December 20, the Landmarks Preservation Commission fined Whole Foods $3,000 for failure to maintain the property, The Brooklyn Paper reported at the time. Although Whole Foods does not own the building, it promised to restore and stabilize the exterior in exchange for being able to build its store on the landmark property.

    A year earlier, Whole Foods had said it planned to finish the building restoration before it opened its new store.

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