Working Group (CWG) is a community-based planning
initiative on the future of Chinatown in New York City.
Our goal is to support the community’s residents,
workers, businesses and visitors. Chinatown Working
Group members include Chinatown’s stakeholders –
representatives of community groups, Community Boards
#1, 2 & 3 and interested parties.
Our focus is on issues of
shared concern throughout Chinatown including but not
limited to affordability, preservation, revitalization
and the social and economic well being of families,
seniors and youths.
The Chinatown Working
Group's objective is to articulate common goals for
Chinatown’s future with consideration for its impact on
adjacent New York City communities, and to formulate and
work with New York City agencies to implement a precise,
comprehensive, meaningful, timely and broadly supported
Working Group's plan is to create an inventory of
existing conditions and identify realistic
implementation of strategies that address, among many
issues: truly affordable housing, multi-cultural
and historic preservation, economic revitalization and
sustainability, commercial stability, residential and
business displacement, small/light manufacturing use,
open space, public infrastructure, transportation,
congestion, tenant rights, the environment including air
quality, education, the arts, human rights, immigrant
needs, social conflicts and crime, the well being of
families, seniors and youths, and zoning. Although
zoning is a powerful planning tool that can be used to
mitigate the potential negative impacts of development
in a neighborhood, it is not the only strategy that
should be applied in Chinatown. A broader
community-based planning strategy that goes beyond
zoning may be pursued.
Working Group's community-based plan for Chinatown will
engage in a democratic, comprehensive and transparent
process in building consensus among diverse groups. CWG
will conduct extensive public outreach to involve as
many of Chinatown’s stakeholders as possible. CWG
meetings will be held regularly and open to everyone.
CWG hopes to have the full cooperation and support of
the City for this community-based initiative including
access to staff from various agencies, such as City
Planning, HPD, Small Business Services, Department of
Transportation and Economic Development Corporation.