Downtown tower enforces smoking ban outside as well as in

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July 30, 2002 // UPDATED 1:28 pm - April 30, 2007
By: Ellen Nigon
Ellen Nigon

The entryway to 33 South Sixth Street (formerly the Multifoods Tower) has received a facelift complete with new granite paving and a remodeled lobby. But the renovation includes a healthy touch: eliminating the "cancer cordon" of smokers outside the building's 6th Street entrance.

"At any given time, we could have 50 to 75 people standing in the entryway of the building smoking," said David Johnson, director of operations for Brookfield Properties, which manages the building.

According to Johnson, the building's entrance has theoretically always been a no-smoking zone. However, the remodel spurred property managers to redouble their efforts against smoking-related property damage. Security guards will ask smokers to move away from the building.

"We have new granite pavers, and we can't really have cigarette butts crushed out in them," Johnson said. "There were also numerous complaints from our customers and tenants about walking through the cloud of smoke to get into the building."

Johnson said that smokers could move closer to the curb, but will not be permitted to light up while under the building's overhang.

"I'm sure they have to understand that all they have to do is walk down the street or go somewhere else," Johnson said. "In this entryway, we've had numerous complaints so we've designated the entryway nonsmoking."