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Larry Silverstein Changes ‘Poor Door’ Policy in Planned Manhattan Residential Tower

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See Also: Gary Barnett Defends Poor Door For Low-Income Residents

Developer  and NY City officials are saying they’ve negotiated a few changes in Barnett’s plan for a “poor door” for the less-affluent residents of his Manhattan West Side 42-story apartment tower, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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People who live in the pricey condos will still enter through the front lobby, and under the negotiated changes, those who live in the seven-stories of affordable housing (for which the developer received a generous tax gift from the city), will share access to a courtyard and a 12, 000-square-foot roof deck facing west over the Hudson River.

The separate access plan has been attacked by activists who said it was a form of social segregation.

The project will include some 250 market-rate condos and 116 affordable rental units. A Silverstein spokesperson said expect to lose upwards of $20 million renting instead of selling the units.

According to the WSJ, the “poor doors” are the result of a change to the zoning rules in 2009 that allowed developers to build multiples building segments on the same site, where each is required to have its own entrance.



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