More progress on the Gowanus Whole Foods front. The planned supermarket has finally held one of those ceremonies where everyone stands around and poses with shovels and renderings of the development. Word is that the 68,000 square foot supermarket will be open by the Spring of '08. Also, it will have include special Brooklyn touches like egg cream and gelato stations. The site includes the now landmarked building at the corner of Third Avenue and Third Street and will also have a three-story parking garage and a "landscaped, publicly accessible 40-foot-wide waterfront esplanade along the Gowanus Canal." The big store is expected to draw up to 1,800 cars an hour at peak times. No word on progress addressing the "volatile organics" and other
toxic horrors development challenges on the site. Oh, and Borough President Marty Markowitz called Gowanus "the Venice of Brooklyn."
· Ceremonial Groundbreaking for Gowanus Whole Foods [Gowanus Lounge]
· Finally, Egg Creams and Gelato in Brooklyn [TRE]
· Gowanus Whole Foods Update: Glassy, Plus Parking [Curbed]