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Monday, December 7, 2015

Art Wall Coming to Fairmount Heights, Newark


Newark, New Jersey: Officials in Newark will announce a new art project in the city's West Ward on Tuesday morning. An 'art wall' will be installed at PSE&G's new controversial Fairmount Heights Switching Station. 

Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Deputy Mayor Baye Adofo-Wilson, Councilman Joe McCallum, artists, and representatives of PSE&G, the Urban League of Essex County, and other organizations, will make the announcement at the Urban League of Essex County Pre-School at 10:30am. 

The art wall will be part of a private/public partnership, and will feature artwork along the side of the switching station, which will be located where the Victory Temple Church Provision of Promise used to stand at 33 Littleton Avenue, between 11th Avenue West and West Market Street. It will be designed by artists from the local area and from across the country. 

According to PSE&G, the station "will relieve the projected transmission overloads and provide emergency backup to PSE&G’s Newark Switching Station". 

Several local organizations had protested the development of this facility in this residential neighborhood. The size of the station was decreased following an agreement between the city and the electric utility.

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