Mayor Menino Breaks Ground for Chinatown Community Education Center
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For Immediate Release
August 11, 2006
Released By:
Neighborhood Development
For More Information Contact:
DeWayne Lehman
dlehman.dnd@cityofboston.gov

Mayor Thomas M. Menino today broke ground for the Chinatown Community Education Center at 87 Tyler Street in Chinatown.  The new facility will be developed on a vacant parcel formerly owned by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA).  The parcel will soon be the new home for two Chinatown non-profit organizations, the Asian American Civic Association (AACA) and the Kwong Kow Chinese School (KKCS).  The development plans call for the construction of a six-story building consisting of approximately 41,650 gross square feet.

“I’m delighted that these two fabulous organizations -- the Asian American Civic Association and the Kwong Kow Chinese School -- are teaming up to create this new Education Center,” said Mayor Menino.  “Together, these organizations have provided nearly 130 years of service to the Chinatown community, and those services will be enhanced with the development of this facility.”

Chinatown Community Education Center groundbreaking

The new building will be a two-unit commercial condominium, with each organization owning its unit and sharing in the common costs of the building.  The proposed allocation of space would be approximately 23,740 square feet for use by AACA and approximately 17,910 square feet for use by KKCS.  The project will include a day care center, function room space, classrooms, and office space for AACA and its Chinese-language newspaper, a publication distributed in Boston and the surrounding community.

AACA assists Asian immigrants by providing English literacy, college preparation, job training, and other services.  AACA currently serves more than 6,000 low-income persons annually, employs 37 people, and hopes to employ 93 in their new location at 87 Tyler Street.

KKCS has been providing Chinese culture and language education to children for almost 90 years.  KKCS, currently operating at 90 Tyler Street, provides after school programs, academic support, recreational activities, and Chinese language and cultural classes for 600 children from Chinese families annually. KKCS currently employs 25 people and hopes to create an additional 10 jobs in their new location. Together, 66 new jobs will be created and targeted to Boston residents, minorities, and women.

Funding for this project was provided by Boston Redevelopment Authority ($250,000 deferred acquisition), Wainwright Bank ($3 million), Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation ($13 million New Market Tax Credits), Chinatown Trust ($650,000), City of Boston's Office of Business Development ($100,000), and Capital Campaign ($5,682,506).

Mayor Menino was joined by Charlotte Golar Richie, Director, Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) and chief of housing; Mark Maloney, Director, Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and Chief Economic Development Officer, City of Boston; Mary Chin, President, AACA Board of Directors; Pam Feingold, Vice President, Wainwright Bank; Bill Moy, President, Chinatown Neighborhood Council; and local residents.

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