About Crane Chinatown

The construction of Crane Chinatown, a flagship mixed-use residential, retail and community center project in Chinatown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania began in August 2017.

The project is on-time and on-budget. Residential leasing begins April 2019. Office and retail leases are currently available. Crane will define the Philadelphia Center City northern Skyline reconnect a community long separated by the expressway. Crane is an EB-5 qualified investment project that received USCIS Exemplar APPROVAL in January 2017.

Crane Chinatown will be a hub of recreational, educational, cultural, and healthcare services for the community.

  • I-526 Petitions Approved
  • USCIS Exemplar Approved

Major institutional financing and governmental support include:

  • Citizens Bank and Parke Bank
  • EB5 loans through Global City Regional Center LLC
  • New Markets Tax Credits through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania/PHFA
  • Major Foundations and grants from Commonwealth of PA RACP, Federal, and City Grants
  • Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group

About PCDC

Message from the Director

Dear Friend of Chinatown,

PCDC is perhaps known best for defending Chinatown from development projects that threatened its survival. Over the past 50 years, PCDC has led residents and friends of Chinatown in defending Chinatown’s right to exist. PCDC has fought against and worked with government and private developers to protect Chinatown and to promote this unique cultural treasure within Philadelphia.

Chinatown has united to protest the negative impacts of a highway project, a federal prison, a baseball stadium and countless other large and small developments.

But PCDC is not primarily about opposing harmful developments, but about fostering a community that people will want to live in, visit, work in and care about. Chinatown is a business-friendly neighborhood where new, innovative and even edgy businesses find encouragement. Chinatown is also a residential community and a destination for both Asian and non-Asian residents of the
Philadelphia region. Chinatown is a tourist destination serving the many people who come for Philadelphia’s unique historical and cultural attractions, another interesting piece of the colorful mosaic that is Philadelphia.

PCDC and Chinatown think big! We do not want to merely survive but to thrive. PCDC is working on our biggest project ever, the Eastern Tower Community Center (ETCC), a mixed-use center of housing, service, commerce and recreation to be built at 10th and Vine Streets.

For years, the people of Chinatown have dreamed of a place where children can play, where our elders can gather and where the community can focus. This dream is about to become a reality. We have broken ground on ETCC. We are ready to go!

But we have dreams and plans even beyond this big project. PCDC wants to continue to develop and encourage the creation of affordable housing in Chinatown, particularly in Chinatown North, the area north of Vine Street.

Chinatown intends to be a residential and business-friendly neighborhood for a long time. We intend to be a center for Asians in Philadelphia and a place where all of our residents and visitors can experience Chinese American culture and life. Thanks to all of our supporters for believing in Chinatown and PCDC.


John Chin
Executive Director

Margaret Chin

Thomas Betz
Chair Emeritus