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Manhattan Borough President Pushes For Legislation To Ban ‘Poor Doors’

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer calls for end to "poor doors." (credit: Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer/Twitter)

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer calls for end to “poor doors.” (credit: Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer/Twitter)

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — While some city council members have continued to fight a planned apartment complex with separate doors for luxury and affordable units, one official wants to change the law for the future.

Manhattan Borough President Gail Brewer said that it’s too late to stop a project at 40 Riverside Blvd from having a ‘poor door,’ a separate entrance for affordable units, but told the New York Post that she is proposing legislation that would prohibit the practice in future projects.

Developers receive breaks for setting aside affordable apartments in a new project. In the past those units could be placed in different locations. In 2009, regulations were changed so the apartments could be on the same site, WCBS-880’s Ginny Kosola reported.

The Riverside Blvd project will have 219 units overlooking the Hudson River and 55 affordable units facing the street.

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