Scaffolding has been erected in the slim buffer space between the Coignet Building and Whole Foods, and a “Work in Progress” sign — along with some details about the restoration and a work permit — rests against the building on the sidewalk abutting Third Avenue. An anticipated completion date of “Late 2014” is posted, although we have no idea who’ll end up the tenant — the building is still for sale, after all.
Brownstoner has some incredible photos from inside the dilapidated building that an urban explorer took in February; must see! They’re way better than our crappy, low-light cell photos below. Brownstoner also reports that The Landmarks Preservation Commission fined Whole Foods $3,000 in December for failing to maintain the property.