Construction Update: 995 Washington Avenue

995 Washington Avenue, looking northeast

A one-unit, five-story residential building is nearing completion at 995 Washington Avenue in the southwest corner of the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn.

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The project sits across the street from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on an irregular, triangular lot sandwiched between the avenue and the sunken, open cut BMT Franklin Avenue Shuttle behind. The lot comes to a point only several feet wide where the street bridges over the train tracks. The lot was sold in 2009 for only $77,000.

Z&J Management LLC is listed as the general contractor.

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The 4,000-square-foot townhouse consists of a single-story base, which occupies the entire lot, topped with a four-story tower that sits adjacent to a row of pre-war townhomes and blocks the lot windows of its northern neighbor. The five stories and basement host four bedrooms and five bathrooms. Due to the unusual shape of the site, the apartment layout is also unorthodox, with many rooms sitting at odd angles in relation to one another. The platform above the base houses a terrace, with three south-facing balconies above. The windowless rear wall rises almost directly above the open cut train pit.

995 Washington Avenue, looking northeast

995 Washington Avenue, looking northeast

The exterior is much plainer than the initial renderings indicated.

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The dark brick contrasts with the textured, ornamented facade of its pre-war neighbor. Together, the buildings form an unbroken street wall that faces the lush Botanic Garden across the avenue.

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A two-block walk would take future residents to Prospect Park, which lies west of the Botanic Garden. The Brooklyn Museum stands five blocks north up Washington Avenue. Manhattan is within a half-hour ride from either the Prospect Park station of the Q and Shuttle train two blocks to the south, or the Franklin Avenue station of the 2, 3, and 4 trains six blocks north.

While the neighborhood is quiet throughout much of the year, every first Monday of September the residents will be within the earshot of the West Indian Day Parade of the Labor Day Carnival, which finishes its route at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard, 750 feet south of the five story townhouse.

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