After sitting vacant for a decade, the historic Chinese Cultural and Community Center in Philly’s Chinatown is now on the market for $1,400,000.
The listing comes months after Joe Palmer of Scioli Turco spent months restoring the iconic property at 125 N. 10th Street, after it closed its doors in 2007. The building dates back to the 1970s, when it was a popular gathering spot for the Chinatown community, known for being host to lavish banquets.
But its ownership has changed hands over the years. At one point, the building was stripped to its bare bones, then left to elements and subject to graffiti.
When Turco was appointed to take over as conservator (it’s all part of a state law called Act 135), he had to make a long list of repairs to the property. But within a few months, he and his team accomplished all of it: They restored the water service and rough plumbing; installed new floor joists; sealed the roof; put in safety handrails; repaired the balconies, front facade, and masonry; repainted the decorative panels; and installed new windows and a back door.
Scioli Turco was appointed trustee by the state court and listed the property for sale on Thursday, May 4. The court will then review and may approve any offers made on the center.
Last August, Turco told Curbed Philly that given the center’s history, it would make for a “beautiful restaurant below and apartments above.”
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