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1921: Jersey City Under Commission Government
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New Sewage Areas

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URING the summer of 1920, through the efforts of Commissioner Fagen, permission was granted by the State of New Jersey to Jersey City to lay out two sewer drainage areas on the western slope of the city. One was at the southern boundary line of the city in the neighborhood of Pamprapo Avenue, the other that of Fisk Street. These are the only two sections of the city up to last year that did not have an outlet for sewerage purposes in all of the city. Both territories are very valuable, not only for residential purposes, but part of them being near the waterfront are very desirable for large manufacturing purposes. But without sewerage it lay waste and unbuilt upon while other sections of the city grew.

The Pamrapo Avenue area takes in all that part of Greenville which lies between the Morris Canal and Seaview Avenue and as far east as Garfield Avenue.

The Fisk Street area embraces a territory that is much larger and much more valuable. It extends from Bergen Avenue on the east to Newark Bay and from Virginia Avenue on the north to Armstrong Avenue on the south. Along West Side Avenue there is a factory development, the owners of which have for years complained about a lack of sewerage. It is here that the Federal shipyards purchased acres of property and would have had by this time at least 150 houses built if the Fisk Street sewer was completed. This means a large development for Jersey City. The plans for these sewers and for the sewerage drainage area have not only been approved, but specifications have also been approved and the actual construction of the Fisk Street sewer will begin this spring.

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