Corner of James & St. James Place, Chinatown

Community Planning Its Future



Beginning in July 2009 the originally formed Working Teams merged to a smaller set of teams according to mutually shared topics.  The minutes below are a record of the original Working Teams meetings.  To see reports of Phase Two Working Teams, click here.

Acting Chair: Richard Lee

April 9, 2009, 49 Chambers Street, Room 709, Time: 11:00AM to 12:30pm
Acting Chair Richard Lee recapped from the last meeting of next steps in determining affordability and reiterated the group's tentative guiding principles: (1) To determine and use an Area Median Income figure that truly represents the residents of the area to determine affordability of housing...MINUTES

Thursday, March 12, 2009, 3-4:30pm.,CB 1, 49-51 Chambers St., Rm 709. 
Acting Chair Richard Lee recapped from the last meeting, starting with several of the questions raised aimed at setting the working team's guiding principles. The following is a list of tentative guiding principles determined by those in attendance...MINUTES

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, at 3PM at CB1at 49-51 Chamber Street, Room 709. 
Acting Chair Richard Lee started the discussion of affordable housing by asking what other organizations in attendance have encountered. Discussions regarding improving quality of life lead directly the topic of the loss of rent regulated housing, including the rise of tenant harassment. The importance of protecting tenants and educating the community of their rights was stated as well. Also discussed was the potential of looking at affordable home ownership options and programs...MINUTES

Cultural & Historic Preservation
Chairs: Amy Chin and Mitchell Grubler

Thursday, March 19, 2009, 5:30-7p.m., Asian American Arts Centre, 26 Bowery, 3rd Fl.
Inventory/assessment of previous relevant studies/surveys
Working team members identified known existing studies/surveys to be collected for CWG use and inclusion in AAARI’s analysis

February 19, 2009, 26 Bowery. 3rd Fl., 5:30-7:00 p.m. 
Amy Chin opened meeting by distributing copies of the ‘Historic Chinatown’ and ‘Arts and Architecture’ chapters from the 2004 Rebuild Chinatown Initiative’s report ‘America’s Chinatown’ for review and use as a starting point for discussion.  Team members agreed that cultural life and historic character are vitally important to Chinatown’s well-being. Instead of immediately trying to define guiding principles, the team engaged in a general discussion to inventory basic concerns and issues...Read MINUTES

Education & Schools
Acting Chair:  K Webster

July 9, 2009 Meeting

Guiding PrinciplesAre these goals to reach for or things we actually believe we want to accomplish? 

The point was made that some of the issue raised are out of our control / power because they are due to policy, etc....Read MINUTES

April 29, 2009 Meeting
Draft Guiding Principles for Education/Schools Working Team:

- Protect and preserve the Chinatown schools. (Protection of schools physical integrity, input into how many schools are housed in the buildings, control of programming in the schools, traffic and park safety, over-testing, smaller classroom size, etc.)
- Insure cohesive approach to issues in Chinatown schools.
- Provide resources for parents to successfully improve their capacity as parents in languages they can understand. (Workshops on parenting, computer skills, voting, etc.) ...Read MINUTES

Thursday, April 2, 2009, 4-5:30pm. CB1, 49-51 Chambers, Rm 709
This meeting was attended by many school Principals:  Rosa Casiello O’Day -Principal PS 42M, Danny Yip- PTA President PS 42M, Diane Chong –Parent Coordinator PS130M, Lily Woo- Principal PS130M, Alic Hom- Principal PS124, Amy Hom-Principal PS 1, Phyllis Tam – Principal MS 131, Kee Cheung Tang – Parent Coordinator MS131. "The intersection between community and school is a vital one. It has great potential to change a community for the better." ....Read MINUTES

Monday, February 23, 2009, 9am, PS 130, 143 Baxter Street. 
The Working Group brainstormed on the issues in the community re: education/schools. We did not come up with overarching guiding principles.  It was an excellent, informative and friendly discussion with groups that care about the issue. See a very comprehensive list of considerations...MINUTES.

Economic Development & Revitalization
Acting Co-Chairs: 
Wellington Chen,  Cao O

Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 4:00 p.m.
The Working Team's principles were adopted.  It was also noted that the advice of the CWG Executive Committee, in suggesting coordinating principles with other Working Teams, especially with the Zoning, Culture and History and Traffic & Transportation Working Teams, would be particularly important in developing a comprehensive Economic Development profile....MINUTES

Tuesday, March 17, 4-5:30pm.
The members need to advance, add to and/or modify the guiding principles extracted from the several studies conducted by the Asian American Federation. Following are the recommended refinements from the original Guiding Principles...MINUTES

February 17, 2009, 4-5:30pm., @ Chinatown Partnership, 60 St. James Place, Tuesday, February 17, 4-5:30 pm, Offices of Chinatown Partnership, 60 St. James Place. 

Wellington recommended the WT read “Revitalizing Chinatown Businesses” study from the Asian American Federation as a possible model for our group’s Guiding Principles.  The meeting continued with extensive discussion on 11 topics....Read MINUTES

Immigrant Affairs & Social Services
Chairs, Mae Lee and Gigi Li

June 11, 2009, 4:30 pm, Community Board 1, 49-51 Chambers Street.
Gigi provided a brief report of the Town Hall held on Monday, June 1st at PS 124. The event was attended by close to 200 people. About 100 surveys were returned and data is in the process of being compiled. A wide array of issues and concerns were voiced by attendees. Among the key issues raised that touches upon immigration and social services is housing rights. Tenants of 11 Essex St. described a forced eviction where they had 4 hours to vacate their apartments and were relocated hours away without consideration for the needs of the senior citizens. An additional issue that was raised focuses on the accessibility of accurate information to the immigrant population. Looking ahead, CWG would like each working team to develop tasks and action plans to address the concerns raised...MINUTES

May 14, 2009, 4:30 pm, Community Board 1, 49-51 Chambers Street
All members reviewed the draft principles for Immigrant Affairs work team. Additions and suggestions were made:

The first principle about workers rights was discussed. It was decided that this should include protecting the rights of all immigrant workers, regardless of their status. Mae Lee raised the possibility of including a more specific issue such as workers earning the living wage...

Thursday April 2, 2009, 4:00 p.m., Community Board 1, 49-51 Chambers Street
Thomas Yu, the CWG’s co-chair, gave a brief synopsis of discussions from other work team meetings where the issues intersected with immigrant issues.  He reported that the CWG steering committee has been discussing ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the work teams.  One option presented was that work teams that address overlapping issues can coordinate or consolidate...MINUTES

Parking, Transportation, Circulation & Security
Acting Chair:  Danny Chen

May 12, 2009 Meeting, Chatham Green Recreation Room
There was a group discussion about the impact of government employees driving and using their own vehicles on government business. Jan Lee gave a presentation of the merits of "zip car" car sharing technology for managing a smaller, more efficient fleet of cars for government use. ...Read MINUTES

April 20, 2009 Meeting, Chatham Green
The group discussed and arrived at 6 guiding principles for the team:

1. To strive for a balance in transportation, parking, and security
2. To foster community input and involvement
3. To advocate for "natural" designs and flows (a "go with the flow" approach to designs)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 6-7:30pm Chatham , Green Recreation Room, 165 Park Row
Through Mary Cooley of Scott Stringer's office, Gerry Bogacz from NYMTC gave an update to CATS II.
The following was discussed: ...Read MINUTES

Tuesday, February 17, 2009, 6:30pm, Chatham Green NEW LOCATION - in the basement at 215 Park Row.

Items discussed:  balance between public transportation, bikes, pedestrians, vehicles, businesses and trucks.  Also discussed necessary emphasis on quality of life and safety:  Verrazano bridge tolls, bus vs. businesses vs. residents vs. commuter vans...MINUTES,

Parks, Open Space & Recreation
Chairs:  Ed Ma and Anne Frederick

June 18, 2009, Columbus Park Building, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Triple Edwards suggested that the Parks and Transportation Working Groups collaborate on tree plantings on St. James Place. NYPD is currently planning to install bollards. The group will explore the possibility of planting trees instead of installing bollards. AF to check in with NYRP about obtaining street trees...MINUTES

April 16, 2009, 4:00 – 5:30pm, Community Board 1, Room 709, 49-51 Chambers St.
The group reviewed the recommended CWG timeline discussed phase one and two in greater detail. Phase One/Goals – the group has already begun to loosely articulate goals and guiding principles in our discussions of priorities and needs for parks, recreation and open space in Chinatown. However these discussions need to be distilled into more succinct guiding principles...MINUTES

Thursday, March 19, 2009 4:00 – 5:30pm, Community Board 1, Room 709, 49-51 Chambers St.
Ed Ma and Anne Frederick were elected co-chairs of the Parks, Open Space and Recreation Working Team.  Regarding priorities for Parks, Recreation and Open Space in Chinatown, attendees brainstormed the following priorities for a comprehensive plan for parks, open spaces and recreation in Chinatown. ...MINUTES

Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 4:00pm – 5:30pm, 49 Chamber Street, Room 709.

Edward Ma facilitated introductions, each attendee articulated their involvement with and interest in park, open space, and recreation issues.  The attendees articulated the importance of outreaching to more residents and organizations in order to develop principles which are representative of community-wide needs and aspirations...

Chairs: Victor Papa and Michael Levine

June 9, 2009, 49 Chambers Street, Room 709, 11:00 a.m.
John Mangin of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), presented an abridged version of the Center’s zoning law workshop, which is designed to help community members participate in land use and development decisions...MINUTES

May 20, 2009, 49 Chambers Street, Room 709, 11:00 a.m.
Co-chair Michael Levine discussed the next steps in the planning process. John Mangin of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), who presented his organization’s affordable housing workshop at the Chinatown Working Group Steering Committee meeting, will attend the next Zoning Working Team meeting...MINUTES

April 14, 2009, 49 Chambers Street, Room 709, 11:00 a.m.
Co-chair Victor Papa welcomed everyone to open the meeting. He suggested that since the first milestone was about establishing goals that it would be helpful to hear from the liaisons for the other working teams to better understand what other working teams are doing in relation to the goals of the zoning working team...MINUTES

March 10, 2009 11a-12:30p.m., @ CB1, Rm 709, 49-51 Chambers Street.
Chairs Victor Papa and Michael Levine opened discussion on the 5 Guiding Principles
drafted at the previous month’s meeting...MINUTES

Tuesday February 10, 2009, 1pm at CB#1, 49-51 Chambers St., Room 709.
First Agenda Item – Acting Chairs Victor Papa and Thomas Yu opened discussion regarding general principles for the Zoning Working Team to adopt. Five general principles were highlighted (listed below), but the working team agreed by mutual consensus not to vote on final principles at this meeting.  Read more...Minutes


Acting Chair:  Richard Lee

Cultural & Historic  Preservation

Amy Chin and Mitchell Grubler


Education & Schools
Acting Chair:  K Webster

Economic Development & Revitalization
Acting Chairs:
Wellington Chen and Cao O

Immigrant Affairs & Social Services
Chair:  Mae Lee

Parking, Transportation, Circulation & Security
Acting Chair:  Danny Chen

Parks, Open Space & Recreation
Ed Ma and Anne Frederick

Victor Papa and Michael Levine





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