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Pacific American-News Journal

`Aukake - August 1996 Volume 2 Issue 8

 Honoring History, Shaping Destiny

Something extraordinary is about to happen in Seattle. The Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation & Development Authority (SCIDPDA) invites residents and friends of the International District (ID) to join in celebrating groundbreaking for the International District Village Square, a unique community-based center for multi-cultural, intergenerational and collaborative programs and services.

The long-awaited festivities will include both traditional and modern entertainment from diverse cultures, including a Polynesian blessing ceremony. There will be a lunch-time feast accompanied by the acapella harmonies of Urban Rhythms Performance Choir. Bob Santos, HUD Secretary's Representative for the Northwest and Alaska, long-time ID activist and unofficial “mayor” of the ID, will be the master of ceremonies.

Situated on an abandoned bus barn site in an historically underdeveloped neighborhood, the ID Village Square is a $19.5 million mixed-use development that will provide new retail space, 75 housing units for low-income seniors and expanded facilities for five community-based social service agencies. When the project is completed in late 1997, the ID Village Square will offer multi-lingual and culturally appropriate child care, job training, counseling, meals for seniors, and health care, all under one roof. SCIDPDA estimates that the Village Square will serve 27,000 people from 45 different ethnic groups annually, making the Village Square the largest multi-ethnic development project in the Pacific Northwest.

For more than 30 years, ID activists have fought to preserve the identity and culture of their neighborhood while forces such as the Kingdome and I-5 threatened to destroy the residential character of the neighborhood. Sharon Tomiko Santos, gifts manager for the Village Square, explains the importance of the project to the neighborhood: “The Village Square symbolizes our determination to shape our destiny, to strengthen our community for generations.”

For more information, or to volunteer for this event, please contact Amanda McCloskey at 624-8929.

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