Whole Foods Can Build Store On Brooklyn Superfund Site

Law360, New York (February 28, 2012, 6:59 PM EST) -- Eight years after buying what turned out to be a 4.2-acre Superfund site along Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal, Whole Foods Market Inc. on Tuesday received the green light to build a 52,000-square-foot store on the property, in a concession some opponents worry will lead to overdevelopment.

After two public hearings and additional environmental studies, New York City's Board of Standards and Appeals approved a variance that would allow Whole Foods to build the store on land zoned for development no larger than 10,000 square feet.

The company...
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