New York and Long Island Stone Company Coignet building at 360 Third Avenue — at the corner of Third Street, soon to be completely surrounded on two sides by Whole Foods — has been placed up for sale by the building’s owner, Richard Kowalski.
Great retail opportunity adjacent to the new Whole Foods Market. Landmarked building in prime Gowanus location. The exterior of the building is to be completely restored by Whole Foods (interior requires gut renovation).
Property was built in 1873 and was originally known as the Coignet Stone Company building. It has been referred to as a “pioneering example of concrete construction in the United States” by The Landmarks Preservation Commission and commonly considered a large part of the neighborhood’s history. The property includes a 750 sq. ft. dock space on the Gowanus Canal next to the 3rd Avenue bridge.
If you’re looking for a slice of Gowanus to call home, don’t get your hopes up: the building is zoned for commercial use.
Whole Foods agreed to restore the exterior of the landmarked building in 2005 as part of the deal that allowed the big-box food retailer to build on the adjacent lot, but was unable to convince the building’s owner to part with the property. The roof was replaced in 2011, but the rest of the exterior’s still got a long way to go. We can only assume that Kowalski is holding out on selling to Whole Foods on principle, and we’re curious to learn who the building’s eventual suitor will be.