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Whole Foods Rival Files Lawsuit Against Williamsburg Outpost’s Developers

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Claims the developers circumvented zoning laws

The owners of a grocery store in Wiliamsburg are suing the developers of the building that house the neighborhood's first Whole Foods store, The Real Deal reports. Noah and Dan Katz, the owners of Foodtown of Williamsburg have filed a lawsuit against Aurora Associates and Midtown Equities, the developers of 242 Bedford Avenue, along with the Department of Buildings, alleging that the developers circumvented the zoning laws, and that the city didn’t stop them despite finding out.

The suit alleges that the developers filed plans to renovate the existing warehouse building, but for the most part built an entirely new structure thereby significantly reducing street parking. The suit argues that there need to be at least 100 additional parking spots. The Katz brothers have also leveled a complaint against the DOB for failing to revoke permits even after Foodtown had lodged complaints with the agency.

Foodtown is located just half a block away from 242 Bedford where Whole Foods is taking up more than 10,000 square feet of space. Other tenants in the building include WeWork and Levis. A Trader Joe’s is also planned close by.