New buildings that get special tax or zoning breaks in return for affordable housing will have to build a single entrance and common spaces for tenants of all of the apartments — the infamous “poor doors” have been banned.
Two years after the term poor door was coined in West Side Rag, the state legislature passed a bill that included the line “Affordable units shall share the same common entrances and common areas as market rate units,” the Post reported. At least two Upper West Side buildings (here and here) that received permits before the ban will have the separate entrances.
The same bill extends the 421-a tax law for another year, with limits on condo projects that can use the break. The new tax law, hashed out in typical Albany backroom fashion, is unlikely to result in as much new housing as was expected under the bill endorsed by Mayor de Blasio and city real estate executives.
Before 2009, developers had to intersperse affordable-housing units throughout a building. The poor door loophole, passed under Mayor Bloomberg in 2009, didn’t spur the building of much affordable housing — just a few hundred units at most.