Gum Moon Renovation Completed with Chinatown CDC’s Technical Assistance

Gum Moon Women's Residence and the Asian Women's Resource Center celebrated the grand re-opening of their 940 Washington Street facility last month. Designed by architect Julia Morgan 100 years ago, Gum Moon Women's Residence now provides housing for women in transition due to geographic, economic, and personal circumstances and who need a place to call home.

In order to protect human life and to make the building more resistant to earthquakes, Executive Director Gloria Tan contacted Chinatown CDC as a community partner to provide technical assistance on making seismic improvements to ensure earthquake safety.

Chinatown CDC's project manager contacted the Mayor's Office of Housing, and secured $3.8 million from the Seismic Safety Loan Program financed through city bond funds. Chinatown CDC's Heather Heppner played the role of Construction Manager, and Cathie Lam served as relocation specialist. A grant from the Mayor's Office of Community Involvement provided some funding to Gum Moon to help cover Chinatown CDC's time during the three years required to revise permits, close loans, and move 26 residents, offices and classrooms to the Chinatown YMCA for the 12 month construction schedule.

AmOne Construction Corporation provided the general contracting services and completed the work as promised by Chinese New Year 2013. Residents returned to the building and found a new elevator and improved handicap access, system improvements, remodeled kitchens and baths, and new furniture and fixtures throughout the building.

With Chinatown CDC's help, the building at 940 Washington Street is fit for the next 100 years of community service. Chinatown CDC looks forward to assisting other community partners with navigating the funding, permitting, and relocation challenges of construction. Previous clients include Indochinese Housing Development Corporation (IHDC), St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVDP), and 53 Columbus Housing Cooperative.


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