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Images of 111 Montgomery Street via Compass Images of 111 Montgomery Street via Compass
Between its proximity to Prospect Park and Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, strong sense of community, eclectic dining scene, and easy commute to Manhattan, Crown Heights has been experiencing a resurgence in popularity as of late. However, locals and elected officials alike are determined that this not come at the expense of the features that made it attractive in the first place. At the end of 2020, a Kings County Supreme Court judge struck down the 2018 rezoning that would have allowed two 16-story buildings to rise at 40 Crown Street and 931 Carroll Street, agreeing with neighborhood activists who feared the shadows cast by the building would be detrimental to the nearby Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

On the same day, Mayor de Blasio, a known Brooklynite, expressed his opposition to the rezoning of 960 Franklin Avenue, calling the proposed mega-development with two 34-story, 1,578-unit towers “grossly out of scale with the neighborhood,” agreeing with local activists and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and unmoved by the promise of nearly 800 affordable housing units.

The mayor called on the developers of 960 Franklin Avenue to “go back to the drawing board,” and they have clearly done so: A revised pitch calls for a 17-story tower with 1,170 units, 25 percent of which will be affordable. The plan was revealed earlier this week, but locals are already less than impressed; Brooklyn Botanic Garden president and former NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe said in a statement, “They developed a plan in a vacuum without contemplating the impacts not just on the garden but on the entire community.”
960-Franklin-Avenue-01 Rendering of 960 Franklin Avenue via NYC Department of City Planning
In the meantime, though, the luxury condominium at 111 Montgomery Street, just a short distance from the sites in question, is ready for immediate occupancy. The 12-story building is a fraction of the height of its proposed neighbors and features an attractive design by Fischer + Makooi Architects. Sales director Christine Blackburn of Compass, the firm marketing the building, told Bklyner that the building is attracting a number of first-time buyers who have been renting in luxury buildings.

The 19 units currently on the market start at $499K for studios, $632K for one-bedrooms, and $999K for two-bedrooms, coming to an average price of $1,164 per square foot. For a limited time, the sponsor is paying one year of common charges. 111 Montgomery Street is well above the Crown Heights average of $699K per square foot (per CityRealty data), but it must be noted that between the high-quality finishes and extensive amenity offerings, this is in a very different class of condos from the prewar conversions and boutique buildings that comprise much of the neighborhood's condo stock.

↓ 111 Montgomery Street is across the street from Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, and residents receive a complimentary one-year membership.


↓ Last summer, model/plant expert Summer Rayne Oakes designed a model unit.

111-Montgomery-Street-03 Model unit via Katherine Marks

↓ All units feature double-glazed windows, 5” white oak flooring, zoned climate control, and in-unit Bosch washer/dryer.


↓ Kitchens are outfitted with custom millwork cabinetry, Honed Quartz sleek concrete countertops, and Bosch appliances.


↓ Bedroom

↓ Palm Springs-inspired baths feature floor-to-ceiling stacked tiles, custom white oak vanities, rain showerheads, and elegant black matte hardware.


↓ There is a focus on bringing botanical elements to all aspects of the building’s interiors, including the moss wall in the lobby.


↓ The lounge enjoys flexible seating arrangements and incredible light at all hours.


↓ The building has a fully-equipped gym.

↓ Nature-themed kid's playroom

↓ The crowning glory is a roof deck with grilling and dining areas, lounge seating, and views of Prospect Park and the New York City skyline.


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