Crane Chinatown Community Center Welcomes Ambassador Max Baucus
The word is out and excitement is building. On Friday, April 19th, PCDC hosted Ambassador and Mrs. Baucus on a hard-hat tour of the Crane Chinatown Community Center. Ambassador Baucus served as Ambassador to China from 2014 to 2017. He and Mrs. Baucus stopped by PCDC to learn more about Crane Chinatown and PCDC’s plans for the first multi-use community center.
PCDC founder Cecelia Moy Yep, Executive Director John Chin and co-developer Ahsan Nasratullah of JNA Capitol shared the remarkable story that brought the Crane Chinatown from dream to reality. At every turn, the developers faced obstacles and closed doors. This never deterred our commitment to create a community center that will become the center of Chinatown.
From our beginning as a community organization fighting for the survival of local homes and businesses to our emergence as the leading developer in Chinatown, PCDC has long fulfilled its mission to preserve, protect and promote Chinatown as a viable ethnic residential and business community. Now we will do more – with the first purpose-built community center, Chinatown residents will have their own place for indoor sports, cultural and youth programs, meetings, catered events, new retail and office space. Crane Chinatown is more than a community center – it is a vision for what Chinatown is becoming.
Following the tour, Ambassador and Mrs. Baucus enjoyed a walking tour of Chinatown and Cantonese lunch at Joy Tsin Lau graciously hosted by owner Mabel Chen. Ambassador Baucus then proceeded to the Penn Wharton China Summit to address the Opening Ceremony. We thank Ambassador and Mrs. Baucus for their time and interest in Crane Chinatown and invite them to join us in celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Chinatown in 2020.