East Flatbush is reaching new heights.

Jeff Levine’s Douglaston Development submitted plans Wednesday for a new apartment building at 680 Winthrop Street that could rise 10 stories. It’s a small sign of what’s to come in Brooklyn’s lower-tier neighborhoods.

The proposed 109,817-square-foot project will feature 107 units on a 7.2-acre site between Clarkson, Albany and Utica Avenues that is already Kingsborough and Salvation Army-operated The site of two men’s shelters in the United States, as well as several Kingsborough Psychiatric Center facilities.

The filing is the first of nearly 900 apartments proposed for the site, all of which are part of a $400 million redevelopment approved by former Gov. Andrew Cuomo to redesign the Kingsboro campus.

State funding announced in 2017 will go towards affordable housing, supermarkets, urban farming and public green spaces.

Some of the $400 million set aside for the Kingsboro campus project will also be used to build two “state-of-the-art” homeless shelters from the ground up to replace aging shelters on the site, according to project renderings.

The money comes from the state’s key $1.4 billion Brooklyn initiative, which also funds the 400-acre Shirley Chisholm State Park, located on a former landfill near Jamaica Bay. Another $39 million donated to Bedford-Stuyvesant’s Hart, a 57-unit affordable housing complex developed by CAMBA Housing Ventures. Completion is expected in the first quarter of 2024.

Developers initially approved to develop on the Kingsboro campus include Almat Urban, Breaking Ground and Douglaston.

Just one block from Winthrop Street is Kings County Hospital and SUNY Downstate Medical Center, the latter of which is the only SUNY medical center in the city and has turned the neighborhood into a hotspot for medical students and residents.

This has not gone unnoticed by developers, who have jumped at the opportunity to build on the area in recent years. Projects include a 27-story residential tower at 123 Linden Avenue by The Moinian Group, Solomon Feder, and Israel Neiman.
A number of smaller developments have also popped up in the nearby area, including a seven-story mixed-use building at 333 Linden Boulevard by Charles Werzberga six-story mixed-use project at 1463 New York Avenue, by Balanced Life Development and a six-story residence at 3308 Glenwood Road kay builder.

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