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De Blasio to Tackle In-Demand 'Poor-Door' Units in NYC Condos

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By    |   Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 07:25 AM

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's office reiterated that it would work to change a policy that allows luxury housing developers that set aside apartments for working people to require them to use separate entrances, The New York Times reported.

The city allows builders of luxurious condominiums to construct more than the usual allowable square footage in exchange for setting aside some affordable units. These units are then distributed by lottery, with the tenants screened for the developer by the NYC Housing Partnership.

Preference is given to people who live in the neighborhood, those with disabilities, and city workers.

Having separate entrances — one entrance for those who paid premium prices for their condominiums and another for subsidized rental tenants — has long generated an outcry. The approach was characterized by the Times as "not in keeping with Mr. de Blasio's liberal political stance."

A de Blasio spokesman told The Wall Street Journal last summer: "We oppose so-called poor doors and will change the necessary rules so that when affordable housing is provided on-site, we will not allow separate entrances based on income."

Lotteries for one "poor door" tower on Manhattan's Upper West Side near the Hudson River drew 88,000 applicants for 55 units, the Times reported. The lottery is open to anyone with household incomes of between $30,240 and $50,340 a year. An affordable two-bedroom will rent for about $1,082 with studios going for $833 per month.

Some 219 apartments in the same tower were sold — some for $25 million or more — on the basis of such amenities as river views, a swimming pool, gym, bowling alley and private theater.

The "poor door" renters will not have access to the luxury facilities though they will have separate laundry and community rooms as well as bike storage. They also get a separate address: 50 Riverside Blvd. for the owners, and 470 West 62nd St. for the subsidized rentals, the Times reported.

Developer Gary Barnett said the issue of separate entrances for renters was a "made-up controversy" because what was "most important" was "to provide affordable housing. It's what people really want," the Times reported.

Selling multimillion-dollar apartments made it possible to set aside below market rate units in the same building, Barnett said.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's office reiterated that it would work to change a policy that allows luxury housing developers who set aside apartments for working people to require them to use separate entrances, The New York Times reported.
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