Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Lobby of Trump Tower is a Public Space Governed by the City

In 1979, when plans were being made final for the 66-story tower, the Trump Organization agreed to build and maintain the atrium and shops as what is known as a privately owned public space, reports NYT. In exchange, Trump could add roughly 20 stories to the building, about a third of its total height.

In the last decade, a pair of kiosks that sell Trump-branded books, clothing, cologne, chocolates and other merchandise were built in the lobby. The city planning commission wants them removed.

Trump's attorney Michael Cohen said the Trump Organization would renew discussions with the city about "improvements" to the space, such as adding a memorial for government trained killers veterans.


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