Petitioning Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, Councilman Mark Squilla

Reclaim Chinatown and Support Affordable Senior Housing

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Please leave the PRA feedback on the proposals for 800 Vine by March 17th:

Email:
Jessie Lawrence  jessie.lawrence@pra.phila.gov 

Mail: 
 
Jessie Lawrence
Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority
1234 Market Street, 16th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

More info: https://www.philadelphiaredevelopmentauthority.org/800-830-vine-street-rfp-%E2%80%93-proposals-public-feedback/800-830-vine-street-rfp-%E2%80%93-proposals-public 

Please sign and support affordable senior housing and responsible community development. We believe the Chinatown community should determine what goes on their land; and that development projects within Chinatown should nurture the community as well.

PCDC, Parkway, and Presbys Inspired Life propose to construct:

  • 60 units of affordable senior housing
  • 120 residential condominiums for purchase
  • 181 parking spaces
  • 26,000 retail space for small businesses
  • 5,000 square foot aeroponic, pesticide-free farm
  • Chinatown's first playground and green space

Only PCDC, Parkway, and Presbys Inspire Life's proposal is a family-friendly, community-friendly development tailored to the Chinatown community, taking into consideration that Chinatown is not only a commercial corridor but a residential neighborhood, a home where English Language Learners can live with autonomy and dignity and provide authentic cultural services to Asian Americans throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. 

Only PCDC, Parkway, and Presbys Inspired Life have over 150 years of experience developing similar projects in Chinatown. PCDC and Presby are nonprofits dedicated to reinvesting in the community.

PCDC, Parkway, and Presbys Inspired Life propose to reclaim this parcel from which Chinatown residents and small businesses were evicted in 1960, and give it back to a community that provides cultural and linguistic resources to Asian Americans throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. Only PCDC, Parkway, and Presby's proposal is built for Chinatown.

History

In the 1960s, the parcel on 8th and Vine was one of many targeted for the Independence Mall IV Urban Renewal Plan. The government evicted Chinatown residents and small businesses, seized homes and stores through eminent domain, and demolished them. However, the Plan itself was halted through grassroots protests led by the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC). The lot has remained undeveloped for over 50 years, serving as a street-level parking lot.

PCDC's proposal is an opportunity for Chinatown to reclaim its land amidst rising property prices and increasing encroachment by urban development. It is also the final deciding conclusion to a half a century battle to retain our land. This is the last large parcel in Chinatown available for us to reclaim or lose indefinitely.

Chinatown has long served as a hub for the growing immigrant community; a place of opportunity and cultural and language access in the Greater Philadelphia area. To maintain this resource, it is essential that we protect the small businesses and families that give Chinatown its cultural identity. Chinatown's unique cultural heritage means positive development within its borders must also consider the community it serves: over 90,000 Asian Americans in the Greater Philadelphia area. 

Chinatown has fought off proposals for a jail (1994), baseball stadium (2000), and a casino (2008). Constantly, developers overlook the fact that Chinatown is a home to families with children. Chinatown has since lost 25% of its land area to major urban development projects even as its population grows. Join PCDC to reclaim Chinatown's last available parcel for its community. 

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