Throughout the history of Philadelphia’s Chinatown, there has never been a physical space designated for community gathering, activities, or recreation. Ten years ago when PCDC began our move north of the Chinatown Core, our organization seriously contemplated the concept of a community center at the corner of 10th and Vine Streets.
This dream for a community center has grown into a 23-story, 227,000 square foot landmark building that will punctuate Philadelphia’s skyline. The Eastern Tower Community Center will include a 15,000 square foot community center with a 7,500 square foot gymnasium, classrooms and meeting spaces, 143 rental apartments, 8,500 square feet of retail space, and 21,000 square feet of office space. Special features will include two accessible green roofs, energy efficient systems, a multi-purpose space available for large events and banquets, and a Philadelphia Chinatown historical gallery.
The Eastern Tower will be a vibrant and safe center of activity to meet many of Chinatown’s core needs. The Eastern Tower will primarily house the first recreational facility in Chinatown, but it will also create necessary jobs, quality housing, recreational space, and a place for health and other critical services.
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