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Rebuilding 70 Mulberry Street

On October 5, 2021, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced $170 million in funding to rebuild 70 Mulberry Street, a historic, City-owned building in Chinatown. The building, which was severely damaged by a fire in January 2020, is a cultural and community hub for Chinatown. The building was home to five community and cultural organizations, all of which will be welcomed back after rebuilding is completed. The mayor announced that the building restoration will include:

  • Over 50,000 square feet of space to return tenants
  • A new gymnasium to provide recreation space to the community
  • Over 6,500 square feet of additional office and tenant spaces
  • Building enhances to ensure greater accessibility, including an elevator

Community Visioning Process

This plan is the product of a community visioning process that featured a community survey and a series of public forums and events. The community engagement also included a preservation assessment to assess the condition of the building’s façade and to gather recommendations for its repair. The feedback that was gathered helped guide this plan.

Since the fire in January 2020, the City of New York formed a 70 Mulberry Advisory Committee that featured the building’s tenants, representatives appointed by the community board, and local elected officials. Advisory committee members include:

  • Chinatown Manpower Project
  • Chen Dance Center/H.T. Chen & Dancers
  • Chinese-American Planning Council
  • Museum of Chinese in America
  • United East Athletics
  • Manhattan Community Board 3
  • The Office of Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
  • The Office of Councilmember Margaret S. Chin
  • The Office of State Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou
  • The Office of State Senator Brian P. Kavanagh; and
  • The Office of Congresswoman Nydia M. Velàzquez

Consultants from 3x3 Design oversaw the community engagement process. The consultants included experts in urban planning, public policy, communications, and design strategy. These experts are experienced in public engagement, project management, and facilitation. The team is linguistically diverse, ensuring communication accessible in multiple languages. The advisory committee unanimously selected 3x3 Design out of the proposals submitted by prospective vendors. To view materials from the community visioning process, please see the document links below.

Document Links

70 Mulberry Street Design Feedback Survey
(Deadline to respond: September 5, 2023)

Community Engagement Presentation Deck

Community Engagement Activity Sheets

70 Mulberry: A Timeline and Next Steps (as of December 2021)

Community Meeting Videos
A complete series of 70 Mulberry Community Meeting videos produced by 3x3 Design can be found on the DCAS YouTube channel

Fire Damage Assessment
Powerpoint deck presented by Liro Architects + Planners, P.C.

70 Mulberry Fire Assessment
Document prepared by Liro Architects + Planners, P.C.

70 Mulberry Structural Assessment
Document prepared by Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Shared Vision for 70 Mulberry Street
Report submitted by 3 x 3 Design

70 Mulberry Community Visioning Process Shareback
Presentation by 3 x 3 Design

70 Mulberry Preservation Assessment Scope
Scope of work utilized to solicit and award the Preservation Assessment

70 Mulberry Preservation Assessment
Report prepared by Ronnette Riley Architect and Jablonski Building Conservation, Inc.

70 Mulberry Schematic Design (March 15, 2023)
CB3 Project Update

70 Mulberry Preliminary Design (May 16, 2023)
CB3 Project Update

70 Mulberry Community Engagement Event (July 27, 2023)

Press Releases

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