NYC developer makes some changes in design of apartment building with 'poor door'

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: August 29, 2014 - 8:20 AM

NEW YORK — A developer and city officials say some changes have been negotiated in a plan for a so-called "poor door" for less-affluent residents of a Manhattan skyscraper.

People who live in the pricey condos will still enter through the front lobby.

But The Wall Street Journal (http://on.wsj.com/1vt6fxt ) says residents of the affordable portion will now get shared access to a courtyard and a roof deck facing the Hudson River.

Executives from developer Larry Silverstein's company and its partner say they'll position that entrance to face a planned public park.

It also will feature custom wood and a lobby with a glass facade.

City officials call the project a model for integrating affordable and market-rate apartments. But they're also hoping for changes in the law to forbid separate entrances.

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