GOWANUS - The borough's first Whole Foods supermarket has announced it will be moving forward with its development plans in Gowanus.

Whole Foods officials say they acquired the property on the corner of 3rd Avenue and 3rd Street back in 2005. They say environmental concerns regarding its close proximity to the Gowanus Canal stifled the project for the past five years.

This week, however, the company announced plans to move forward with the project.

Officials say the 52,000 square-foot property will include 250 parking spaces and recharging stations for electric vehicles. The building will also include a greenhouse on the roof.

The company says it is looking to hire 350 local residents, 70 percent of which will be full-time jobs.