Exciting Developments Unfold in East Flatbush Neighborhood
Douglaston Development, under the leadership of Jeff Levine, is making waves in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn with its plans for a new apartment building. Situated at 680 Winthrop Street, the proposed project signals a potential transformation for this predominantly low-scale area. The envisioned 10-story building will cover an expansive 109,817 square feet, occupying a 7.2-acre plot nestled between Clarkson, Albany, and Utica avenues. Notably, the site currently accommodates two men’s shelters run by Kingsborough and the Salvation Army, along with various Kingsboro Psychiatric Center facilities.
This filing marks the initial phase of a comprehensive redevelopment initiative, set to encompass nearly 900 apartments in total. The ambitious $400 million project was approved by former Governor Andrew Cuomo to revitalize and reimagine the Kingsboro campus. State funding, announced in 2017, has been earmarked for diverse aspects of the redevelopment plan, including the creation of affordable housing, the establishment of supermarkets, the promotion of urban farming, and the development of public green spaces.
Of the allocated funds, a portion will be dedicated to the construction of two new, state-of-the-art homeless shelters. These modern facilities will replace the aging shelters currently occupying the site, showcasing the commitment to providing improved living conditions for those in need.
It’s worth noting that East Flatbush’s rising popularity can be partly attributed to the concerns surrounding the potential shutdown of the L train. The prospect of repairs and closures on this vital subway line, connecting trendy Williamsburg to Manhattan, created a sense of uncertainty in the Brooklyn real estate market. Residents of Williamsburg and other areas dependent on the L train began exploring alternative neighborhoods, leading to East Flatbush’s emergence as an attractive option. The neighborhood’s vibrant cultural scene, convenient access to public transportation, and relatively affordable housing prices have captured the attention of prospective residents seeking a blend of value, convenience, and community charm.
With the proposed developments now in motion, East Flatbush is on the cusp of significant growth, further solidifying its position as a desirable enclave within Brooklyn. The forthcoming apartment building, combined with the broader redevelopment efforts, promises to shape the neighborhood’s future and enhance its appeal.