New Community Center Planned for Chinatown

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor Philadelphia’s vibrant Chinatown is one step closer to having a new community center that will replace a parking lot located at the corner of 10th and Vine Streets. In November 2011 the City Planning Commission received a project notification issued by the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC) for a 23-story [...]

Philadelphia’s vibrant Chinatown is one step closer to having a new community center that will replace a parking lot located at the corner of 10th and Vine Streets. In November 2011 the City Planning Commission received a project notification issued by the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC) for a 23-story residential and office tower that would serve as an anchor and landmark for the Chinatown community.

Before getting the green light for construction from the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, the project required some small zoning changes which have just been approved by the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Designed to meet the community’s need for recreational, gathering and activities space, the new Chinatown community center will feature 15,000 square feet of office space, 12,000 square feet of retail space and 144 rental units on the superior floors. All residential units will be affordable to low-income tenants.

The center’s recreational space, which will be located on the ground floor, will include a gym, an activities room equipped with a pool table, and a basketball court. Plans also call for a banquet hall for various community events, and a parking garage with at least four rental vehicles offered by Zipcar.

According to PlanPhilly.com, PCDC is currently looking for an architect to design the project. Construction will start in 2013, with completion in 24 months.

Rendering courtesy of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation