$54.6M elementary school set for former chromium site in Jersey City

By Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal 

Officials are photographed during the groundbreaking ceremony for Public School #20 at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Cator Avenue in Jersey City on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. Lauren Casselberry/The Jersey Journal

State and local officials broke ground today on the site of Jersey City’s future School 20, a $54.6 million project on a former chromium site on Ocean Avenue.

 The 106,763-square-foot facility will replace the aging School 20 on Danforth Avenue, which was built more than 100 years ago. Fletcher Williams, the school’s PTA president, called the current school’s condition “terrible.”

Williams said he’s been working for over a decade to get state officials to approve construction of a replacement school, and even at today’s groundbreaking, he didn’t want to get too excited.

“I am overwhelmed, but I’m still doubtful until I see the first piece of steel go in the ground,” he said.

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