NEW YORK — City planners in New York are being criticized for signing off on a new building that has a separate entrance for low-income residents.
The 33-story building will have a mix of luxury residents and low- to middle-income residents.
About 20 percent of the units will be reserved this this poorer class. Those units will be grouped together and they will have a separate front door.
“This developer must go back, seal the one door and make it so all residents go through the same door,” City Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal told NPR. “It’s a disgrace.”
The developer, Extell Development, defended the two doors, saying it complied with zoning laws by essentially creating two separate buildings.
In exchange for providing housing for tenants who make 60 percent of the area’s median income, or about $60,000, the company struck a deal with the previous Bloomberg administration for valuable tax breaks, reported PIX11.com.
The low-income units are supposed to rent for about $15 a square foot, whereas market-rate units would get much more, Extell’s president, Gary Barnett said.
“Would you rather not have the affordable housing? Ask any one of the thousands of people who are applying for that, and they don’t give a damn,” he said. “They want to have a beautiful apartment, in a beautiful neighborhood, and you know, at a super price.”