On July 2, 2020, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced $80 million in funding to rebuild 70 Mulberry Street. As part of this announcement, the mayor outlined the creation of an advisory committee to help guide the rebuilding process. The building, which was severely damaged in a January 2020 fire, is owned by the City of New York and is a beloved part of the fabric of Chinatown. To ensure that rebuilding best reflects the wishes of the community, the advisory committee has launched a three-month community visioning process.
The community visioning process seeks to develop a shared vision for the future of the site. The City of New York wants to empower the community to decide the future of 70 Mulberry. The process, being facilitated by consultants from 3x3 Design, was launched by the members of the 70 Mulberry Street Advisory Committee. Members of the committee include each of the building’s five tenants, as well as representatives appointed by the community board and local elected officials:
The community visioning process will feature a series of constituency meetings, a community survey, a town hall forum, and several workshops. All meetings are open to the public.
The consultants from 3x3 Design include experts in urban planning, public policy, communications, and design strategy. These experts are experienced in public engagement, project management, and facilitation. The team is linguistically diverse, ensuring communication accessible in multiple languages. The advisory committee unanimously selected 3x3 Design out of the proposals submitted by prospective vendors.
The consultants from 3x3 Design will engage community stakeholders and gather feedback on the future of the building. The consultants will focus on a community-driven visioning plan that builds trust and inclusion towards a collective vision for 70 Mulberry Street. The process will culminate in the creation of a final report that will serve as the guiding document to activate the community’s vision.