Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Whole Foods Hearing Today at 1:30; End of Manufacturing In Gowanus?

The second, and likely the last, public hearing at NYC Board of Standards & Appeals on the Whole Foods variance application is today, Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 1:30 p.m.

You may be eager for organic roof-grown lettuce, but the Gowanus Institute sent us an email saying hold up a minute: allowing the Whole Foods (planned for 3rd Avenue and 3rd Street, shown above ) will "be the beginning of the end of manufacturing activity in this immediate area, and that includes The Can Factory."

From the on-line petition: "Whole Foods Market is proposing to build regional, suburban-style mega-market in a thriving manufacturing district on an active industrial canal in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The proposed store will be nearly six times the allowable area for food stores in manufacturing-zoned areas in New York City. The Gowanus Institute studied Whole Foods Market's variance application, and in its report, recommends that BSA reject the application." (More explanation on the petition.)

There's also a a Facebook page.

The hearing takes place at  NYC Board of Standards & Appeals at 40 Rector Street (near West St) Manhattan. ‘R’ train to “Rector St.” A bus will leave from the Can Factory at exactly 1 p.m. if you want to comment.

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Photo courtesy of Google Street View

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