Chinatown Tower Receives $1.3 Million State Development Grant

 

“Gov. Tom Wolf greets Cecelia Yep, who led Chinatown's fight against the Vine Street Expressway in 1966. Wolf announced a $1.3 million state grant to help build a community center that would help bridge the gulf created by the expressway.” | Photo: Emma Lee, for WHYY

“Gov. Tom Wolf greets Cecelia Yep, who led Chinatown’s fight against the Vine Street Expressway in 1966. Wolf announced a $1.3 million state grant to help build a community center that would help bridge the gulf created by the expressway.” | Photo: Emma Lee, for WHYY

  • Governor Tom Wolf was on hand yesterday afternoon to announce a $1.2 million state grant for the $76 million Eastern Tower development project at 10th & Vine Streets, reports NewsWorks. John Chin, executive director of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, hopes that the 23-story building, with its restaurants and bilingual health and recreation center, will provide enough incentive to cross the chasm that is the Vine Street Expressway. Two years of construction are expected to begin by year’s end.
  • Inga Saffron can’t find much to appreciate in MV+A’s design for Rodin Square at 22nd & Hamilton Streets in Fairmount, whose Whole Foods opened last week to much fanfare. With as much verve as a shipping-container could provide, Dalian Development’s end-product “demonstrates how far Philadelphia developers have come in understanding how cities work, as well as how little they care about the architecture that the public sees.”
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  1. The only thing that will best fix the expressway is to cover it up and a nice park out of it. Some nice walk ways, plantings, pubic art.

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