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Name of Creator:Kay, Jacquie L.
Title:Asian Community Development Corporation (Jacquie L. Kay) Records
Date:1962-2010
Reference Code:M202
Location Code:38/1
Extent:1.35 cu. ft. in 1 record center carton and 1 manuscript box
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection highlights ACDC's plans to develop new sites and implement new services to assist low-income residents in Chinatown. The majority of the collection documents two ACDC development projects: Oak Terrace (Parcel R3/R3A), and The Metropolitan (Parcel C). Documents related to these projects include funding reports, limited partnership agreements, project status reports, design specifications, and lease agreements. The collection also contains ACDC meeting minutes and notes relating to the annual Board of Directors' meeting, financial documents, newsletters and other publications, membership lists, correspondence, and two copies of a 2000 Chinatown Master Plan report.
Historical Abstract:The Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC) was founded in 1987 by Jacquie Kay, Tunney Lee, and other Asian American activists with the goal of addressing the affordable housing needs of the Boston Chinatown community. During Kay's 16 year tenure as Board Chair and President, the organization oversaw two affordable housing developments—Oak Terrace (1995), and The Metropolitan (2004), which together made over 330 units of housing available to the Chinatown community. The Metropolitan site is of particular historical import. Formerly known as Parcel C, the site was the focus of intense community activism in 1993-1994 following a proposal to build an eight-story parking garage in a residential section of Chinatown. The garage proposal was withdrawn in 1994, and the site's connection to community organizations continues today. In addition to its housing units, the Metropolitan is home to the offices of ACDC, the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, the Chinese Progressive Association, and Boston Asian: Youth Essential Services.
Language and Scripts:Collection is predominantly in English, with some materials in Chinese.
System of Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence by subject.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Kay, Jacquie L.
  • Chin, Neil
  • Kay, Jacquie L.

  • Asian Community Development Corporation
  • Boston Redevelopment Authority

  • Chinatown (Boston, Mass.)
  • Chinese Americans--Massachusetts—Boston
  • Community development
  • Community organization--Massachusetts--Boston
  • Housing--Chinatown (Boston, Mass.)
  • Housing developers--Massachusetts—Boston
  • Low income housing--Chinatown (Boston, Mass.)
  • Nonprofit organizations—Finance
  • Urban renewal--Chinatown (Boston, Mass.)

Conditions Governing Access:The collection is unrestricted.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:Received from Jacquie L. Kay on December 4, 2014.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:Copyright restrictions may apply.
Finding Aids:Chinese Progressive Association (M163)
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Andrew Begley, December 10, 2015