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Activists Want 30% Affordable Housing, Local Jobs in Jersey City

The 100-acre Bayfront site, once contaminated with chromium, is now valuable real estate in whose future locals want a say

Fifteen years ago, the Honeywell Corporation (then known as Allied Chemical) promised to clean up a 100-acre site on the banks of the Hackensack River in Jersey City that had been contaminated with chromium.

The newly-clean site — called Bayfront —now is set for significant development. And activists who were involved during the eighties in a campaign for the site’s cleanup are campaigning anew to make sure the development contains at least 30 percent affordable housing and that jobs will be guaranteed for local residents.

“Now that it’s clean, we’re expected to trust Honeywell to get this right, to trust our public officials to get this right,” said Reverend William Ashley. “We didn’t make that mistake in the 1980s; we didn’t make that mistake in the 1990s, and we’re not about to make that mistake today.” He said Jersey City mayor, Steven Fulop, has agreed to meet with the group.

Read the full story on NJTV News online, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.

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