DOUGLASTON DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT TEAM
Jeffrey E. Levine, Chairman of Douglaston Development, Levine Builders and Clinton Management has successfully built, renovated or rehabilitated millions of square feet of commercial space, including retail centers, office buildings, and religious, educational and healthcare facilities, as well as thousands of residential units including rentals, condominiums, hotels, dormitories and special needs housing. MORE >
Michael Kaye, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Kaye joined the Levine companies as General Counsel and Director of Development of Levine Builders and, upon creation of Douglaston Development, served as its first President. Mr. Kaye oversees a wide variety of development projects both in the New York metropolitan area and in Arizona, where Douglaston Development is active in the development of senior housing and commercial properties. Prior to joining Douglaston Development, Mr. Kaye worked as an attorney in private practice specializing in transactional real estate. Early in his career, he was an Assistant Attorney General on the executive staff of New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams. Mr. Kaye graduated from the University of Rochester and received a J.D. from SUNY Buffalo.
Steven Charno, President
Since joining Douglaston Development in 2003, Mr. Charno has run the development of over 1,000 units of residential housing in Manhattan, including for sale condominium projects, as well as rental and affordable housing. Recently completed projects include the 370 unit 80-20 rental OHM at 316 11th Avenue, the 335 unit Chelsea condominium, 555 West 23rd Street, and the 250 unit condominium, 325 Fifth Avenue.
Prior to joining Douglaston Development, Mr. Charno worked for the Related Companies and was Vice President and General Counsel for the development of the AOL Time Warner Center Project at Columbus Circle. Mr. Charno began his career as a transactional real estate attorney and was a partner and Executive Committee member of the San Francisco based environmental and real estate firm of Landels Ripley and Diamond, LLP. Mr. Charno graduated from Brandeis University in 1986 with a B.A and Honors in English Literature and received a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1989, where he was on the Law Review. Mr. Charno also currently serves on the Housing Committee of the Real Estate Board of New York and on the Condominium Boards of The 555 West 23rd Street Condominium and The 325 Fifth Avenue Condominium.
Jonathan Fair, Executive Vice President
Jonathan Fair has been with the company for 6 years, overseeing all aspects of the Edge development in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The Edge, covering 7.5 acres on the Brooklyn waterfront, is the largest residential development in New York City to have been built in the past decade, and is the largest residential LEED silver project to have been built in NYC and one of the largest in the country. Prior to Douglaston Development, Mr. Fair was Senior Vice President of Development of Forest City Ratner, primarily overseeing the development of the approximate 6,000 unit residential condominium and affordable program surrounding the Brooklyn Arena in Downtown Brooklyn. Prior to Forest City Ratner, Mr. Fair was the Executive Vice President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation and an Officer of the New York City Industrial Development Agency. As such, Mr. Fair oversaw the Real Estate, Structuring, Client Services, Capital Programs and Property Management departments of NYCEDC.
Matthew Feldman, Vice President, has been managing development projects for Douglaston Development for over 10 years. He oversees projects from initial acquisition through predevelopment, design, financing, construction, marketing and stabilized operations. While he has managed market-rate condominium and rental developments, his main focus is affordable housing and community development projects financed through taxable and tax-exempt bond financing and Low Income Housing Tax Credits. He regularly represents the company before public officials, governmental entities and community groups. Prior to Douglaston Development, Matthew served as the Deputy Housing Director for the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council. Matthew received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School and his B.A. from SUNY Albany.
Benjamin Levine, Vice President
Benjamin Levine joined Douglaston Development in June 2008. Prior to this, Mr. Levine worked as an Analyst in the Real Estate Finance Group at Credit Suisse. Mr. Levine graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 with a B.A. in Urban Studies and a minor in Urban Real Estate and Development.