About Us

As the driving engine for The Douglaston Companies, Douglaston Development leverages our own knowledge and the expertise of our affiliated companies to accomplish the vision for each project. Our reputation as a company that delivers projects on time, within budget, and excels at maximizing the value of our development assets is a result of our unique integrated approach across all projects.

We have forged long-term relationships with lenders, equity partners and local agencies, which help us to navigate complex regulatory environments while consistently meeting challenging timelines and budgets.

Our disciplined approach combined with respect for the neighborhoods in which we work contributes to our overall success in helping to build thriving communities.

Time passes, costs change. Value is forever priceless!

Jeff Levine
Jeffrey E. Levine, Chairman
Douglaston Development LLC, Levine Builders, and Clinton Management LLC

Valued Partnerships

We rely on long-standing and invaluable partnerships with a variety of city agencies and conventional lenders to bring our developments to life. Douglaston Development is proud to work with:

  • New York City Housing Development Corporation
  • New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development
  • Wells Fargo
  • M&T Bank
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Community Involvement

We strongly believe that in doing our work, we should also be doing our part to contribute to the communities that surround us. We create strong partnerships with community-based organizations, local non-profits and support area causes.

Sustainable Development

The efficiencies that we gain from our unique owner-builder-manager position allow us to optimize development and construction efforts while delivering excellence. We recognize the increasing importance of sustainable design and construction, so we work closely with Levine Builders and our engineering and design teams to maximize the sustainability of our projects and reduce their operating costs.

Because of this expertise, the Edge, for example, has received LEED Gold Certification rating, the largest residential project in New York City to do so at the time of construction.

Our History

Our company’s history begins five decades ago when our founder, Jeffrey Levine, found his calling working in construction during the summer. Jeffrey cultivated the expertise behind our development, construction, and management companies during his college years, studying architecture at night and transforming neighborhoods site by site during the day.

The Douglaston Companies started with the founding of Levine Builders in 1979 with just two people. Standing by our core values of integrity and ethics for the past four decades the firm has grown to 200 employees. By providing general contracting and construction management services, Levine Builders has built, renovated and rehabilitated thousands of residential units and millions of square feet of commercial, hotel, office buildings, retail centers, religious, educational, and healthcare facilities.

With the later establishment of Douglaston Development as the driving engine of the organization, the two companies worked in unison to leverage each other’s expertise to develop and build most complex projects while also growing and thriving in challenging markets.

In 2002, Clinton Management was founded to manage the expanding portfolio of developments created by Douglaston Development and constructed by Levine Builders. Clinton Management oversees a broad portfolio of moderate income housing, luxury apartments, commercial, and retail properties. Each affiliate company works together to cohesively acquire property, develop it to its full potential, and manage it efficiently, assuring that each investment achieves and maintains maximum value and profitability while strengthening the community in which the assets are located.

Douglaston Development’s passion for transforming communities has created a long track record of building some of New York City’s most exciting housing projects. Douglaston Development is committed to Jeffrey’s original vision: to revitalize and grow neighborhoods one building, one block, or one community at a time.

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Under the leadership of Jeffrey Levine, these three companies function in unison to provide a unique advantage in the real estate industry. We collectively work to develop, build and operate best-in-class properties, with a focus on mixed-use projects including both affordable and market-rate housing, hospitality, retail, community facilities, senior housing, and parking garages.

In the past several years alone we have completed $2 billion+ of development, including:

  • 4,000 market-rate and affordable residential apartments
  • 1,272 aggregate senior housing units
  • 500 hotel rooms in the most desirable and fastest growing neighborhoods in New York City

We currently have another 2,051 market-rate, affordable apartments, hospitality and senior housing units in our pipeline for the New York City Metro area alone. Our footprint extends beyond NYC into other development regions of the United States, including Arizona and Seattle.

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