GOWANUS - A toxic, cancer-causing chemical seeping under the site of a future Whole Foods grocery store has Gowanus residents alarmed.

Concerns about the Third Avenue site are heightened after engineers recently discovered benzene. Neighbors say a foul smell always made them cautious about the two-acre tract of land that sits next to the heavily polluted Gowanus Canal. Whole Foods agreed last year to clean up the site before building.However, the new discovery could put construction on hold. The state is reviewing the latest findings. Whole Foods says construction will likely begin in February. The public has until January 25 to voice concerns.

Related InformationTo comment on the plan contact:Javier PerezNYS Department of Environmental Conservation1-888-212-9586