In 1984, the tenants of the Swiss American Hotel instituted a rent strike to force the owners to make needed improvements to the building. The owners decided to sell the building to Chinatown CDC and once we acquired the property, we began rehabilitation of the building. The reconstruction added community rooms and kitchens as well as major improvements to the individual units. The Swiss American is now a model of well-designed and sensitively managed housing in a shared living environment. On the ground level, Chinatown CDC has leased the storefronts to community-minded businesses, including the Beat Museum.
Square Footage: 20,300 Unit Type: 66 SROs Resident Services: Provided by Chinatown CDC Waiting List: CLOSED
Chinatown CDC Role: Developer, Owner, Manager Funding Sources: Mayor's Office of Housing, State, Citicorp Contractor: Transworld Construction Architect: Asian Neighborhood Design Construction Type: Rehabilitation Development Cost: $2,689,121