New York City has approved a proposal for a luxury apartment building that includes a separate entrance for lower-income tenants.
The developer, Extell, applied for the Inclusionary Housing Program, which allows them to build bigger buildings if they include on- or off-site housing for lower income families.
The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development approved the proposal for the Upper West Side building even though Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer previously promised to turn down any building with a “poor door,” The Post reports.
The 33-story apartment complex will have 219 luxury units facing the waterfront while 55 affordable units will face the street.
Extell says that because the affordable housing is legally separate from the rest of the building, it is required to have two entrances.
The building will have swimming pools and basketball courts, which low-income tenants will probably not have access to, according to ThinkProgress.
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