Checking In With the Downtown Brooklyn School Initiative


Downtown Brooklyn School Solutions continues to push for more educational options in Downtown Brooklyn since the group started earlier this year. They’ve written an open letter to developers of sites in the neighborhood encouraging them to include a school as part of their future projects, and identified a few locations where developers could build a school in exchange for concessions from the city. They’ve also crunched some numbers to find that 2,651 new elementary school-aged children will be living in Downtown Brooklyn by 2018 but as of 2011, there were only 396 available seats in the existing schools that serve the neighborhood which spans Districts 13 and 15. An urban planner recently reported similar findings to Community Board Two. Since Downtown Brooklyn School Solutions started, a charter school announced that it was opening at 80 Willoughby Street and will accommodate as many as 300 students.

Families Push for Elementary School Downtown [Brownstoner]

Map of Downtown Brooklyn developments via DBSS

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