Published On: Sun, Aug 31st, 2014

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.

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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