The Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC) hopes to build a 23-story, 265-foot-high residential and office tower, with a community center on the ground floor. Chinatown's long-lived desire for a community center prompted the project, called Eastern Tower Community Center.
Plans call for 12,000 square feet of retail space, 15,000 square feet of office space and 144 mostly rental apartments.
“The goal is to carry Chinatown across to the other side of Vine Street,” project architect Tejoon Jung of Kling Stubbins, told local media. "Chinatown was split when the Vine Street Expressway was created. The site consists of a surface parking lot and a building that has been vacant since the expressway went up."