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De Blasio voted for “poor door” provision: report

But zoning change in 2009 was beneficial overall, mayor's spokesperson says

July 29, 2014 12:50PM

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From left: Gary Barnett, 40 Riverside Boulevard and Mayor Bill de Blasio

Despite criticizing developers’ use of “poor doors,” Mayor Bill de Blasio voted in favor of a zoning resolution change in 2009  that allowed a building to have separate entrances.

One of the provisions permitted developers of market-rate condominium buildings to separate several services, including entrances. De Blasio, as a City Council member, voted for it. A spokesperson for the de Blasio administration, however, blamed then-Mayor Bloomberg’s team for allegedly changing “the law to enable this kind of development,” as the New York Post reported.

City officials told the Post that the 104-page zoning change was overall beneficial and the provision was one of many.

“The resolution at issue was focused on helping more low-income New Yorkers buy their own homes and expanding affordable housing,” Wiley Norvell, spokesperson for the city, told the Post.

Earlier this month, Extell received approval from the city to install a so-called a “poor door” at a 33-story luxury condo at 40 Riverside Boulevard, as previously reported. [NYP]Mark Maurer

  • truthordare

    They should allow the poor door. They already get a fancy apartment with the same finishes as the others…., what else do they want? To eat dinner with the rich folks as well?

    • Ann

      @truthordare they should not have a separate door. the taxpayer is providing the benefits that the maya landlords are getting in exchange for what they are offering.

  • Ann

    Developers are getting away with way too much for the very little they give back. The “poor door” apartments will not the same as the apartments in the rest of the buildings. these developers do not believe that they should spend the money to make the apartment as nice as the rest of the building even as they are getting away with huge benefits. Mr. De Blassio stop this two their system!!

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