Mayor de Blasio this morning announced the appointment of a familiar downtown figure to the Landmarks Preservation Commission. He’s Wellington Chen, the executive director of the Chinatown Partnership and Chinatown Business Improvement District. He’ll be serving as the “Lay Member” on the commission.
Here’s Chen’s mini bio that was included in today’s mayoral press release:
Since 2006, Wellington Chen has been the Executive Director of the Chinatown Partnership Local Development Corporation in NYC, a community development nonprofit. From 1995 to 2005 he was a senior consultant and advisor to the Planning Advocacy Group, an urban planning firm. Chen also served as a Commissioner of the NYC Board of Standards and Appeals from 1990 to 1995. In 1989, Chen co-founded Tri-Plus Construction Corporation, an affordable housing construction firm. Chen was also Vice President for Design and Planning at Urban Living, and is a trustee of the Bowne House Historical Society, CAUSE New York, CUNY, CUNY Construction Fund, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Chen earned his bachelor’s degree from the CCNY School of Architecture & Environmental Studies.
Chen’s appointment has been submitted to the City Council for approval.