New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced $80 million in funding to rebuild 70 Mulberry Street in Chinatown.
The building was damaged by fire in January.
“In January, Chinatown lost the beating heart of its community: 70 Mulberry Street,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “We’re working hand-in-hand with the community to preserve this building’s rich history and bring it back to life again.”
The mayor also announced the creation of an advisory committee to support community engagement, and a three-month visioning process to gather public input about the future of the site.
The city will explore available options to preserve the existing structure and seek to build consensus about the rebuilding process. The city will prioritize options to preserve what is salvageable from the existing structure and a re-development that acknowledges the history and significance of the site.
The community visioning process is expected to begin this summer and stretch into the fall. It will gather public input about the future of the site and provide a forum to discuss all available options for its redevelopment.