Extell Development Company just got the Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s approval to install a “poor door” on a new apartment building in NYC.
Yes, this is for real.
The 33-story Upper West Side development in New York City is planned to have luxury condos at 40 Riverside Boulevard, which Extell introduced under heavy criticism last year. It will segregate tenants by featuring separate doors for wealthy folks and affordable-housing folks.
According to the New York Post, Extell’s application for the Inclusionary Housing Program will allow them to build larger properties and net some tax breaks in exchange for providing low-income housing to residents.
The new development will have 219 units with waterfront views and 55 affordable units facing the street.
Apparently, the super rich would rather enter their homes without having to see or interact with those less-fortunate than them.
Developer David Von Spreckelsen, senior vice president at Toll Brothers, explains why a “poor door” is needed:
No one ever said that the goal was full integration of these populations. So now you have politicians talking about that, saying how horrible those back doors are. I think it’s unfair to expect very high-income homeowners who paid a fortune to live in their building to have to be in the same boat as low-income renters, who are very fortunate to live in a new building in a great neighborhood.
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