Supertall will come with super subway entrance

Supertall will come with super subway entrance
Community News Group / Lauren Gill

This building’s grand opening will come with a grand opening.

The developers of the borough’s first “supertall” tower at Flatbush Avenue Extension and Fleet Street will build another entrance to the Dekalb Avenue subway station, a company rep told Community Board 2’s transportation meeting last week.

The new egress, which will have stairs and an elevator, won’t be part of the building or even next to it — it will be across the street from the tower in the Long Island University Plaza, somewhere between Fleet Street and DeKalb Avenue.

Real estate tycoons building Downtown can score extra height for their structures if they gussy up subway entrances adjacent to their property or build new ones, though developer JDS is not receiving any bonuses for its portal, according to a spokesman for the Department of City Planning.

The state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority likely forced JDS to create the entrance, as it often requires developers to perform or pay for station improvements when they build next to a subway stops, the spokesman said.

The transit agency did not return multiple requests for comment, and JDS would not comment on the impetus behind the decision.

The entrance will be the second new entrance to the DeKalb stop in recent years — the developer behind the new City Point shopping center at Fleet Street just opened one in the side of its building.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill