I've driven by this building on 3rd Avenue in Brooklyn many times. It always stood out to me for two reasons. One, aside from the boarded up windows and advertising, its a beautiful old building. And two, it sits on the corner of a gigantic lot that has been completely leveled and dug out and appears to be waiting for yet another huge Brooklyn condo (see photo at bottom). The building seems to be holding on for dear life.
Well, it turns out the giant lot is the future site of a Whole Foods. As part of its development deal, Whole Foods agreed to help restore this building. According to brownstoner, the owner "planned to open an art gallery and gift store in the rehabilitated property." (that would be super-cool.) Unfortunately, things aren't going well. Brownstoner, sums it up:
Whatever benefits this Whole Foods would bring to the neighborhood and Brooklyn have been greatly overshadowed in the past year or so by the store's lack of action in Gowanus. The fence at the abandoned toxic site has been destroyed again and again, giving the general public open-access to a potentially harmful property. At the same time, we now learn the grocer has reneged on its agreement to preserve a city landmark. Whole Foods, it's time to s*&t or get off the Gowanus pot.
You can read the full post here. Photo is by brownstoner.
Here's another photo of the building, this one gives you an idea of how lonely the building looks on the lot right now. (photo from Google Maps)