In July and August, the Chinatown Historic Alley Partnership (CHAP) will be holding Alley Parties in partnership with The Wing's JamFest on the third Thursdays. These parties celebrate Canton and Maynard alleys, which make up two-thirds of Seattle's historically designated alleys. In the past, alleys served as important neighborhood amenities, providing space for housing, shops, socializing, and play. Today, they are open spaces and pedestrian and bicycle corridors. They also offer a distinct sense of enclosure, as "rooms" for communities to gather in.
CHAP recently received a $3,000 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation for the creation of a design plan to preserve the historic alley storefronts. In addition, CHAP will be working with Pioneer Square to document the rich history of alley use in both neighborhoods. This work is made possible by 4Culture's Heritage Project Grant of $10,000.
SCIDpda's IDEA Space thanks Union Bank for its generous grant of $75,000, over three years, in support of our economic development work in the Chinatown ID. With this grant, IDEA Space will be able to launch a coworking space and business counseling center that will attract new start-up businesses to the neighborhood, while also supporting the growth and stabilization of existing mom-and-pop shops that make the Chinatown ID so unique. Funds from Union Bank will help build organizational capacity and provide business counseling, complimenting a state capital allocation of $500,000 that will allow for the center's construction.
SCIDpda is pleased to expand its capacity building work in Little Saigon thanks to support from Enterprise Community Partners and Growing Transit Communities. An award of $23,000 from Enterprise Community Partners will allow SCIDpda to complete a housing needs assessment for the Little Saigon area, while a $5,000 award from Growing Transit Communities will invest in leadership and organizational development for the Friends of Little Saigon (a grass-roots organization committed to the stabilization and development of Little Saigon).
For a third year in a row, the Office of Economic Development has awarded the Chinatown International District an Only in Seattle grant to support neighborhood revitalization efforts. SCIDpda's IDEA Space program will once again serve as the project lead for this multi-pronged effort focused on marketing and promotions, business development, pedestrian environment enhancements, neighborhood safety and organizational development.
A total of $342,200 will be invested into the neighborhood through three different allocations - $165,000 for commercial district revitalization; $57,200 for facade improvement through the Seattle Investment Fund; and $120,000 for improvements to Canton Alley and the King Street colonnade via Seattle Department of Transportation.
SCIDpda recently received a $10,000 grant from the Washington State Microenterprise Association (WSMA) to support the establishment of Design INC, a small business incubator, coworking space, and business counseling center in the ID. Design INC will support emerging entrepreneurs in the creative/design industries, provide a professional workspace for established small businesses in all fields, and provide technical assistance to 400+ small businesses already in the neighborhood. WSMA award is intended to build the capacity of SCIDpda's current business technical assistance services, as offered through its IDEA Space program.
To learn more about this program contact Quang Nguyen, Sr. Economic Development Specialist at IDEA Space, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best wishes to Sirdana and Francis Ma as they close their doors to Le Hama Jewelry for the final time on April 20. Retirement awaits them after operating the most well-known jewelry store in Chinatown International District. They are the longest operating small business owner in SCIDpda's history. Sirdana and Francis first opened in an interior space in the Bush Hotel Building in 1979. In 1983, they moved to their current location on the corner of Jackson and Maynard.
On Saturday, April 20, beginning at 4:00 PM, Sirdana and Francis will have a reception in the Legacy Community Hall (Bush Hotel plaza level) for family, friends and customers. Please stop by on or before April 20 to wish them well.
We want to express our gratitude for Sirdana and Frances for being part of the SCIDpda family for 34 years. You will be missed.