A building in Riverside Center that has a separate entrance for lower-income tenants has opened its affordable housing lottery, with 116 units available. And Upper West Siders will get the priority for 50% of them. The building is receiving a 421-a tax exemption.
The affordable apartments are included in the limestone base of the building; the 41-story condo building, whose address is 1 West End Avenue, sits on top of that base. The development is on 59th Street and West End Avenue, as seen in the lower right-hand corner of the map below.
At the time the building was approved, city officials were under pressure to discourage developers from building separate entrances for people in affordable housing units. The year before, West Side Rag had broken the story about the separate entrances at nearby 40 Riverside Boulevard and coined the term “poor door”. Last year, the Bloomberg-era loophole that had allowed poor doors was closed by the state after the city pushed for it. After negotiations with the city, developer Silverstein Properties agreed to give access to the roof deck to residents of the affordable housing units, and added a gym and children’s play room to the affordable side of the building. Other amenities on the market-rate side will be separate. The developer promised at the time to make the affordable apartments “first class” with apartment sizes larger than city regulations demand.
The affordable units are rentals, with studios, one-bedrooms and two-bedrooms available (click to enlarge).
Learn how to apply here.