The Ping Yuen’s

The Ping Yuen’s were built for the San Francisco Housing Authority. Designed to house residents of Chinatown, the development consists of Ping Yuen (1951-1959) – three buildings on the south side of Pacific Avenue – and Ping Yuen North (1962) on the north side. Both responded to activism clamoring for more family units in the neighborhood. As part of the HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program most of SF Public Housing was transferred to community-based developers. CCDC was selected to transform, own and operate the Pings. The emphasis of the transformation “in addition to the physical improvements was a heavy focus on resident services, connecting residents to each other, to the larger community, and to those services that can help these families thrive.”

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  • Owner:

    Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC)

  • Location:

    San Francisco Chinatown

  • Completed:


  • Size:

    Ping Yuen - 240 units, 231,689 sq. ft.
    Ping Yuen North - 200 units, 185,000 sq. ft.





A new community building constructed in a rear courtyard serves the residents of this three-building, 240 unit complex.






To enhance resident community life and make CCDC’s suite of services possible, this complete renovation added an interior community space and redesigned and expanded outdoor space. The new community room and property management offices occupy a former fallout shelter. The street wall of the building was a battered 20” concrete wall with a pebble finish. It had extremely narrow windows and was a forbidding face to the street. The wall was replaced with a glass storefront and a new disabled accessible entry porch along Pacific Avenue. It is open to the sidewalk, reinforces the visual connection to the neighborhood, and offers an amenity to anyone climbing the hill.