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    Trump Place, a high-rise condominium complex near Lincoln Square in Manhattan, is about to get a name change.

    The three buildings will drop the name of the president-elect in favor of their street addresses, 140, 160 and 180 Riverside Boulevard, according to a spokesman for complex manager and owner Equity Residential.

    "We are assuming a more neutral building identity that will appeal to all current and future residents," said company spokesman Marty McKenna.

    A spokeswoman for The Trump Organization, the company that manages President-elect Donald Trump's business interests, said in a statement that the change is "simply the enforcement of a pre-existing agreement which has been in place for years."

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    "It was mutually agreed upon," the spokeswoman said. 

    The name change comes after nearly 600 people signed a Change.org petition created by three residents to have the building drop the moniker and get rid of the gold-emblazoned name on the structure's facade. 

    "Our home is our most personal private space, a building we should feel proud of and happy to walk into every day... so... THE TIME HAS COME TO DUMP TRUMP," said Linda Gottlieb, Robert Tessler and Brian Dumont. 

    The petition cites President-elect Donald Trump's "appalling treatment of women, his history of racism, his attacks on immigrants, his mockery of the disabled, his tax avoidance (and) his outright lies" in calling for the change.

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    The petition also noted that while Trump's name is on the building, he doesn't actually own the property.

    Trump Place is one of several buildings that bear the president-elect's name in Manhattan. Despite the exposure, Trump only garnered 10 percent of the popular vote in the borough.