Residents of Trump Plaza in New York Vote to Rename Building Amid Controversy

Residents of Trump Plaza in New York vote to remove Trump's name, citing negative impact on property value due to his controversial presidency and legal troubles.

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Residents of Trump Plaza in New York Vote to Rename Building Amid Controversy

Residents of Trump Plaza in New York Vote to Rename Building Amid Controversy

In New Rochelle, New York, residents of the 40-story Trump Plaza high-rise are currently voting on whether to rename the building in an effort to disassociate from former President Donald Trump. The Trump name has negatively impacted the property's real estate value in the wake of Trump's controversial presidency and ongoing legal troubles.

While Trump Plaza was not built by Trump himself, it was managed by the Trump Organization under an agreement that was terminated in 2021. Despite Trump no longer being involved with the building, his name remains prominently displayed on the property. Greg Root, the president of the condo board, says a "silent majority" of the 194 unit owners support the name change, while about 24 people oppose it.

Many residents, like Yvette and Delva Domond, have long disliked Trump and would be glad to see his name removed. "I would be happy if they take the name out," said Delva Domond. Residents feel the name change would be "perfect" as they have to pass the building regularly and are well aware of Trump's poor reputation in New York, including his history of not paying contractors.

The move to rename Trump Plaza follows a broader trend of buildings in New York City and elsewhere abandoning the Trump name since he entered politics. The Trump brand has been responsible for the deterioration in value of apartments in buildings bearing his name, and some businesses have avoided renting office space near Trump Plaza due to the association.

Why this matters: The vote to rename Trump Plaza highlights the ongoing impact of Trump's controversial presidency and legal troubles on his business empire. It also reflects a growing desire among some Americans to distance themselves from the divisive former president, even as he remains popular with his supporters.

The fight over the building's name comes as Trump faces opening statements in the Stormy Daniels "hush money" case, marking the first criminal prosecution of a former U.S. president. Condo board president Greg Root maintains that the name change is in the best financial interest of the unit owners. The heated debate has become politically charged, with some residents accusing the board of being "political" and circulating letters to garner support for removing Trump's name.

Key Takeaways

  • Residents of Trump Plaza in NY vote to remove Trump's name
  • Trump's name has negatively impacted the building's real estate value
  • A "silent majority" of owners support the name change, 24 oppose it
  • The name change reflects a desire to distance from Trump's presidency
  • The vote comes as Trump faces criminal prosecution in the Stormy Daniels case