Tuesday, March 26, 2019
A source reports that a Pepco electrical cabinet exploded, causing a small fire. This cut electrical power to the construction site, which reportedly remained without power Monday morning. By yesterday afternoon, a generator was transported to the site to provide power. Pepco and Marriott's contractor will meanwhile continue working to restore electricity to the site, the source reports.
In other Marriott HQ news, watch for modifications being made to one of the tower cranes on the site, which will increase its height.
Monday, March 25, 2019
The permanent sign and statues have just been installed outside the restaurant. There's still a lot of work to be done inside, however. The owner told me that there were some delays getting the necessary permits from Montgomery County, which held up construction. They have a liquor license hearing scheduled for May 2, so that should give a rough idea of how close opening day is. This is the most grand restaurant entry in White Flint since the Lerners went berserk and demolished White Flint Mall, taking the impressive statuary of P.F. Chang's along with it.
The contractor performing the installation has requested a nighttime noise waiver from Montgomery County to allow the overnight work hours. Stock up on earplugs this week.
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Gone is the Chevy Chase Lake Supermarket and shopping center. In its place are excavation and grading equipment spread over a brown landscape. The Purple Line is under construction on the southern end of the site, as well.
Saturday, March 23, 2019
A detour (shown in purple on the map above) will route trail users around the closure. At a later date, Purple Line Partners contractors will construct two new bridges over Rock Creek at this location - one for the two light rail tracks, and one for the Capital Crescent Trail. Once again you can get a sense of how a project of this width would destroy the environment if the Purple Line were extended west of downtown Bethesda to Westbard and Sumner, as the Montgomery County cartel is secretly planning to do behind closed doors.
A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 7:00 PM at Ashburton Elementary School at 6314 Lone Oak Drive in Bethesda. If you cannot attend the meeting that night, you can email comments regarding the sidewalk proposal to DTE.Sidewalk@montgomerycountymd.gov.
Friday, March 22, 2019
Redevelopment would result
in net loss of affordable units
Brown Development unveiled plans for its massive redevelopment proposal for properties it owns along Battery Lane in Bethesda at a required public meeting last night. While the plans are controversial, the meeting was much less heated than many anticipated. But the total number of affordable units are also less than some had predicted, leaving a net loss of such units on one of the few streets in downtown Bethesda that has naturally-occurring affordable apartments.
|Lots A,B,C,D and E that hold the|
six properties targeted for
|A microphone awaits public|
comments at Imagination Stage
|Illustrative plan showing the|
layout and landscaping for the
|Site A - 4857 Battery Lane|
|Site B - 4858 Battery Lane|
|Site C - 4890, 4900 Battery Lane|
|Landscaping plan for Site D|
4949 Battery Lane
|Massing diagram for Site D|
4949 Battery Lane
|Height study for Site E|
4998 Battery Lane
|Site E - 4998 Battery Lane|
|Study of impact of new building|
at Site E on nearby single-family home
While approval is nearly certain before the developer-controlled Planning Board, public approval is still important, especially since Brown emphasized its plan to remain part of the community as a long-term owner. Amenities will play a key role. Wrenn pointed to a pedestrian cut-through to the new development from Rugby Avenue and an events space near the Whitehall property as two potential public amenities. But if MPDUs or mandatory mid-priced units can be bumped up to at least the number there today, public acceptance would most certainly be broader.