City Allows Condo With Separate Entrance for Low-Income Residents

The entrance was nicknamed the "poor door."

Posted: 07/22/2014 12:47 PM EDT
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Income inequality may have found its way into a new era of “separate but equal” as the city approves a plan for a “poor door” entrance in a luxury condo in the Upper West Side in New York City, according to the New York Post.

Developer Extell came up with a plan to build a 33-story condominium with one entrance for its luxury tenants and a separate entrance for its low-income residents. Those residents will have a street view from their apartment, while those living in the more expensive apartments have water-front views.

Out of 274 units, 55 are for residents who qualify for affordable housing options in a “building segment." 

The entrance satisfies the Inclusionary Housing Program application, which allows for larger building construction if low-income housing is also provided.

Not only do low-income tenants in luxury buildings use separate entrances, but they are also often unable to access the same amenities as wealthy residents such as gyms and pools, according to Think Progress.

"The restrictions on entrances and amenities impact poor people of color the most," reported Think Progress.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer refuses to accept similar projects in the future.

NYC lawmakers are also working to push legislation that would "extend anti-discrimination protection to rent-regulated tenants." 

The housing complex will be built at 40 Riverside Boulevard.

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