Town Hall Charrette, Photographer:  Vanita Solomon

Community Planning Its Future



In April 2010, the Chinatown Working Group (CWG) received a $150,000 grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) to hire a planning consultant to assist with our comprehensive, community based 197a Plan. The NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYC EDC) was designated as the fiscal conduit. 

In August 2010 discussions were entered with the Fund for the City of New York as an alternative fiscal conduit.

In July 2010, the Full CWG approved a proposed "Scope of Services" and "Scoring Matrix" as the basis for hiring its planning consultant:

The proposed "Scope of Services" identifies what is required by the CWG of its planning
consultant. See
Scope of Services for EDC Selection of Planning Firm Candidates, July 27, 2010 and the updated Planning Consultant RFP of Feb. 6, 2012.

The proposed "Scoring Matrix" is the CWG's criteria for evaluating potential applicants.

On July 12th the Full CWG adopted an Implementation Taskforce to carry forward the approved Action Plans.

Current Pratt Institute Presentations

Planner Analysis Presentation - May 6, 2013

CAPZ Economic Analysis - May 6, 2013
Planner Analysis Presentation (English)- June 26, 2013
Planner Analysis Presentation (Chinese)- June 26, 2013
Planner Analysis Presentation (Spanish) - June 26, 2013

 Task 2 Presentation, Research - July 1, 2013

Pratt Center's Task 2 Research report, drafted as of July 11, 2013

Summary of Town Hall Comments - Draft 8/5/13

8-22-13 Presentation

 Presentation to CB#3, 9-10-13

Planner Presentation to CWG Oct -7-2013

Planner Presentation Nov.4, 2013 - Final Strategies (Draft)
Please note there will be a follow-up meeting for further discussion on
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, from 5:30pm to 7pm,
at American Legion, 191-193 Canal Street, 2nd Floor, Manhattan

Final Planner Presentation Dec. 9, 2013

Final Pratt Report January 1, 2014
(Revised: 3/31/14, updated inside front cover (funding and project team); pages 106 and 107
(clarification language); and page 112 (correction under proposed zoning for Subdistrict E2).

Executive Summary

CWG Public Info Session, Wednesday, June 18, 2014,
Middle School 131, 100 Hester Street, Auditorium

On Wednesday, June 18, 2014 The Pratt Center and Collective for Community Development presented a summary of the recommendations to be presented for review and outreach to the community to build public support.  The public forum was announced on this site and through flyers in Chinese, Spanish and English.  The presentation was made in Chinese, Spanish and English.  Here is the presentation.  And here is an English version of a  brochure summarizing the zoning recommendations as of June 26, 2012.

Next steps:  

  • Work with Community Boards 1, 2 & 3 and with the NYC Department of City Planning and
    other city agencies on zoning recommendations. 
  • Submit final zoning proposal to City Planning
    for public review process (ULURP). 
  • Engage with community residents, organizations, elected officials and others
    throughout the public review process


Weds, June 18, 2014, 6:30- 8:30pm, CWG Public Info Session, Middle School 131, 100 Hester Street, Auditorium
June 18 Flyer-Chinese  June 18 Flyer - Spanish  June 18 Flyer - English

Tuesday, November 12, 2013, from 5:30pm to 7pm, at American Legion, 191-193 Canal Street, 2nd Floor, Manhattan. This follow-up meeting will allow time to comment and ask questions about Pratt Center's recent presentation on Monday, November 4 regarding draft final strategies to the CWG for pursuing a 197c plan. The draft presentation can be viewed HERE.

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 - Presentation to Full CWG of Planner Recommended Strategies (Draft for final discussion prior to end of Pratt Institute Contract).

Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, Pratt Zoning Workshop (Session 6), 5pm to 7pm, Immigrant Social Services, 137 Henry St. (MAP).  (CWG Members Only)

Wednesday, Sept 25, 2013 - Pratt Zoning Workshop (Session 5), 1pm to 4pm,
Immigrant Social Services, 137 Henry St.  (CWG Members Only)

Tuesday, Sept 10, 2013 - Pratt Research Presentation to Community Board 3 Land Use Committee, 6:30pm, Project Renewal Kenton Hall, 333 Bowery.  Presentation

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 - Pratt Zoning Workshop (Session 4), 1pm to 3pm, (CWG Members Only), Immigrant Social Services, 137 Henry St. Task III Zoning Workshop Schedule (Revised Aug. 9, 2013)

Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, 6-9pm, Community Workshop #1 (workshop begins at 6:30pm)
Flyers: English | Chinese | Spanish

Thursday, Aug 15, 2013 - Pratt Zoning Workshop (Session 3), 3:30pm to 6pm, (CWG Members Only), Immigrant Social Services, Inc. 137 Henry Street, NYC 10002.


Did you take the Chinatown / Lower East Side Resident Survey ?

Chinatown Working Group's planning consultant, Pratt Center / Collective Partnership, collected survey data on Chinatown / Lower East Side residents for their current planning and zoning study.

Survey Submission Extended to: Friday, August 9, 2013

Completed surveys after August 5 dropped off by Friday, August 9, 2013, by 5pm, at CAAAV, 46 Hester Street, Manhattan.

Completed surveys (scanned or emailed, by August 9, 2013) were also collected by Pratt Center / Collective Partnership at, or sent by postal mail to:

Pratt Center
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Attn: Paula Crespo

Residents without a printer were provided an additional opportunity to pick up hard copies of the survey at CAAAV, 46 Hester Street, Manhattan.  Click here for CAAAV location map

Pratt Survey - English

Pratt Survey -  Chinese

Pratt Survey - Spanish

June 26th, 2013 - CWG Town Hall, 6pm to 8pm, Dr. Sun Yat Sen Middle School 131, 100 Hester Street, Manhattan.  Town Hall Flyer-EnglishTown Hall Flyer-ChineseTown Hall Flyer-Spanish


Antony Wong


Working Teams

Acting Chair:  Richard Lee

Cultural & Historic Preservation

Amy Chin and Mitchell Grubler

Education & Schools
Acting Chair:  K Webster

Economic Development & Revitalization
Wellington Chen
Vice Chair:
 Zella Jones

 Immigrant Affairs & Social Services
Gigi Li and Mae Lee

Parking, Transportation, Circulation & Security
Chair:  Danny Chen

Parks, Open Space & Recreation
Ed Ma and Anne Frederick

Victor Papa and Michael Levine





Web-Master :  Zella Jones      Contributors: Jesaca Lin, Bob Schneck, Molly Woodward