About Crane Chinatown

Crane Chinatown 鼎华中心

1001 Vine St. Philadelphia, PA 19107

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

Residential leasing began April 2019. Office and retail leases are currently available. Crane defines 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.

  • I-526 Petitions Approved
  • USCIS Exemplar Approved

On November 8, 2019, PCDC opened Crane Chinatown Community Center, a notable landmark and recreation and wellness space, which now houses PCDC’s youth and family programming. This new community space offers an opportunity to provide residents with PCDC’s housing counseling, family services, youth programming, food distribution, community recreation nights, wellness and health programming. 

Crane boasts a state-of-the art gym, upscale event space and lobby, as well as two multi-use conference rooms . 

If you are interested in booking an event at Crane, please call 215-922-2156 or email info@chinatown-pcdc.org with all inquiries. 

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


Message from the Director

Dear Friend of Chinatown,

Perhaps PCDC is known best for defending Chinatown from development projects that threatened
its survival. Over the past 48 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 two major developments – a housing development at 810 Arch in collaboration with Project
Home and, 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.
Groundbreaking on ETCC will be soon. 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

Thomas Betz

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