Seattle Chinatown-International District to get $80 million

24 July 2023

A boost for Seattle’s Chinatown-International District (CID) — as small businesses in the neighborhood will get $80 million in pandemic relief funds.

Businesses in the hospitality sector are among nearly 1,500 awarded relief funding to help cover losses and support recovery from the pandemic.

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This comes after the national trust for historic preservation listed the CID as one of the most endangered historic places.

The CID, a multicultural neighborhood in Seattle, is the center of the city’s Asian American community and has a long history dating back to the late 1800s. The CID includes three neighborhoods: Chinatown, Japantown, and Little Saigon, named for the concentration of businesses owned by people of Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese descent.

The trust said redevelopment could pose a real threat to neighborhood businesses.

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There will be an event today at 11:45 a.m. in Hing Hay Park at 423 Maynard Ave, S. which will include Mike Fong, Washington Commerce Director, and Monisha Singh, Seattle Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area formally announcing the funds.

The neighborhood is facing other challenges. Sound Transit is currently undertaking the third phase of its multi-billion-dollar regional Link light rail expansion, which will require the construction of a new tunnel under the CID.

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