Despite opposition from the community and seemingly just about every local politician, developer Extell has, according to the Post, somehow gotten the city to approve its plans for a residential tower with a separate entrance for affordable housing tenants, commonly known as a "poor door."
The building, one of the last Riverside South towers, at 40 Riverside Boulevard, will be 33-stories with 219 luxury condo units and 55 affordable rental units. The affordable housing allowed Extell to increase the overall size of the project under the Inclusionary Housing Program, although a more accurate name, in this case, would probably be something along the lines of the Inclusionary, But Not That Inclusionary Housing Program. While the luxury condos face the water, the affordable units will be segregated into a street-facing "building segment," with the separate entrance located in the back of the building. "This 'separate but equal' arrangement is abominable and has no place in the 21st century, let alone on the Upper West Side," local Assembly member Linda B. Rosenthal said after the "poor door" plans came to light last August.
· City OKs UWS development with 'poor door' for residents [NYP]
· 40 Riverside Boulevard coverage [Curbed]
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