PCDC Accomplishments

For over 50 years, as Chinatown’s premier civic community organization, PCDC has brought the many complexities of the community to the attention of city, state and federal agencies. PCDC has a history of building over 219 units of residential housing and over 19 units of commercial space, together with many other important achievements during the years.




PCDC celebrates its 50th Anniversary at the National Constitution Center.
Surveying for the updated Chinatown Neighborhood Plan is underway.

Supported by the United Way Grant, PCDC launches The Family Support Service Program. The program helps low-income families meet basic needs by providing services such as Senior Assistance Programs, Home Energy Subsidies, Property Tax Assistance, and much more.

Launching of $1-A-Day Campaign,a partnership between the community and city which combines a street cleaning program with education and enforcement.
Chinatown’s first Night Market is held. A partnership with The Food Trust, Night Market is a roving street fair celebrating the city and Chinatown’s restaurants and dynamic neighborhood.

Chinatown received its first historical marker on 9th and Race Street.

PA Commerce Department awarded funds to PCDC for a commercial corridor program, The Main Street Program. The program’s purpose is to enhance Chinatown’s image as a commercial and tourist attraction, improve the environment and quality of life for all visitors and residents of Chinatown, and promote economic development and diversity in our community.
PCDC launches its Teen Club, a program serving low-income immigrant youth that challenges them to aspire towards excellence in life, become leaders and establish their own cultural identity. The program offers SAT prep classes and homework help four days a week with bilingual instructors, college visits, regular community service opportunities and weekly gym nights.
The Chinatown Friendship Arch undergoes restoration. Artisans from Tianjin, China worked on repainting the arch back to its glory with vivid colors.

PCDC worked with Philadelphia Safe and Sound to complete a social service needs assessment. Funding support was provided by the Wachovia Regional Foundation.

Site improvements in Chinatown North at Holy Redeemer wall.

Launching of the Chinatown Homeownership Initiative, a comprehensive bilingual housing counseling program

PCDC hosts 1st Annual “Quality of Life” Fair

Completion of Sing Wah Yuen, a 10-unit development for low/moderate-income families in Chinatown North

PCDC started construction of the Sing Wah Yuen project and is expected to be completed in less than a year.

PCDC began to update Urban Design Plan for Chinatown North
PCDC completed feasibility study and began plans for acquisition of a site for the Chinatown Community Center.
PCDC won a six-month battle against the baseball stadium proposed at 11th and Vine Streets.

PCDC initiated Bill No. 980895 to rezone 44 acres of land bounded by Vine to Spring Garden and 8th to 11th Streets for Chinatown expansion.

PCDC designed and constructed its new office at Northeast corner of 9th & Vine Streets.

1996 to 1998
PCDC celebrated its 30th anniversary at a Groundbreaking Ceremony for Hing Wah Yuen.

PCDC succeeded in a two year battle against a federal prison proposed for the 8th & Callowhill Streets.

PCDC initiated Bill No. 429 establishing Chinatown Special Zoning District to preserve the Community from urban developmental pressures.
Gim San Plaza: Development of 28 market rate residential & 14 commercial units at 9th & Race Streets.
PCDC completed the second Comprehensive Plan for the growth and development of Chinatown North.

1983 to 1987
PCDC joined with Penn Dot in the redesign and the construction phase of the Scaled-Down Expressway.

On Lok House: Development of 55 Section 8 rental unites for the elderly & 2 commercial units at 219 North 10th Street.
China Friendship Gate: Developer of the first authentic gate built in America by artisans from China. This historical landmark is at 10th & Arch Streets.

Wing Wah Yuen (Dynasty Court): Development of 56 Section 8 rental apartments & 6 commercial units at Race Street between 10th & 11th Streets.

Mei Wah Yuen: Development of 25 townhouses on Spring Street from 9th to 11th streets.

1974 to 1982
PCDC initiated the Chris Chadbourne Report, the first comprehensive study for Chinatown and then undertook to implement the report.

1969 to 1977
PCDC participated in the Response to the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Expressway and advocated for an alternate highway design.

PCDC formally became a 501 C3 non-profit organization, one of the oldest CDC’s in the country.

1966 to 1969
PCDC successfully blocked the construction of the full-scale Vine Street Expressway Project.