Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BETHESDA CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: 4825 MONTGOMERY LANE ULTRA-LUXURY CONDOS (PHOTOS)

You can now get an idea of what the facade design of the future luxury condos at 4825 Montgomery Lane in Bethesda will be like, in these new photos from the construction site. I like the nautical theme portholes. Perhaps it will be a good fit for yacht-owning tenants. Just to refresh your memory, this is the building where each floor above the ground level garages consists of a single condo unit - about as exclusive as it gets.




SEX OFFENSE & LIQUOR ARREST AT WALTER JOHNSON HS, ASSAULT ON SANGAMORE RD. - BETHESDA CRIME UPDATE

Here's a roundup of crimes reported across Bethesda on October 18, according to crime data:

Liquor arrest. 4700 block Highland Avenue.

Theft. 4700 block Willard Avenue.

Theft. Bloomingdale's (Shops at Wisconsin Place).

Burglary. 6200 block Leeke Forest Court.

Liquor arrest. Walter Johnson HS.

"Other sexual offense." Walter Johnson HS at 10:35 PM.

Assault. 4700 block Sangamore Road at 9:19 AM.


TRUE FOOD KITCHEN TO OPEN BETHESDA LOCATION IN 2016 (PHOTO)

The future Solaire Bethesda luxury apartment building has its first tenant, a healthy lifestyle-themed restaurant based on the principles of Dr. Andrew Weil. True Food Kitchen will occupy a 6400 SF ground floor space when it and the Solaire open in 2016. A partnership between Phoenix-based Fox restaurants and bestselling medical author Dr. Weil, True Food Kitchen has an existing area location in Fairfax County's Mosaic District.

Developer Washington Property Company believes the restaurant fits Bethesda's reputation as a healthy place to live. “We think Solaire Bethesda is the perfect location for True Food Kitchen,” said Daryl A. South, Senior Vice President of Development and Acquisitions in a statement yesterday. “Bethesda is home to the National Institutes of Health and is one of the nation’s most bicycle-friendly communities. We think this exciting restaurant concept will be a magnet for Bethesda’s discerning and health-conscious residents, as well as visitors from all over the area.” Two other healthy dining concepts attempted in Bethesda have had mixed results - Rock Creek closed on Elm Street (and at Mazza Gallerie) a few years ago, but Seasons 52 remains a mainstay at JBG's North Bethesda Market.

In addition to the restaurant, the Solaire Bethesda will house 139 luxury apartments, and is being marketed with its proximity to the popular restaurants, shops and theaters of the Bethesda Row area in mind.

The Solaire will rise on the site remembered for its historic Eastham's Exxon service station, which was demolished to make way for the new development at 7100 Wisconsin Avenue.

Monday, October 20, 2014

BETHESDA ROW ARTS FESTIVAL 2014 PHOTO GALLERY

Artists took over Bethesda Row this past weekend, for the annual Bethesda Row Arts Festival. Art displays, music and food from both nearby restaurants and guest vendors combined with sunny - if cooler - weather for another successful festival. Ford had a product showcase at the event, which was fitting, as the carmaker once had a dealership on Elm Street where part of Bethesda Row is today.









FIRST IMAGES FOR REVAMP OF SAAH BUILDING IN BETHESDA (PHOTOS)

The architecture firm of Steven J. Karr, AIA, Inc. has posted the first renderings of what the Saah Building at 7813-7817 Old Georgetown Road will look like, when its exterior renovation is completed in August 2015. Aside from one vacant space, the building's tenants currently include Sports Extra and Sandy Nails.

From the renderings it appears the shop window and entrance of Sandy Nails will switch places, but the first level spaces will generally remain about the same in glass coverage. Upstairs, the distinctive street-facing glass will be replaced with a 3-segment window facade that appears to allow more light into the space. Upstairs side windows are similar in layout, but a black segment that matches the color used on parts of the streetfront design will be added. Finally, a public art mural is shown for the side wall of Sports Extra.

Overall it appears to be an overdue refresh for the building, which was constructed in 1954. Karr's firm is also working on several other projects in the Woodmont Triangle, including the former men's shelter on Cordell Avenue, and Greenhill Capital's Lot 667 project along St. Elmo, Norfolk and Fairmont Avenues.

All images courtesy of Steven J. Karr, AIA, Inc.
All rights reserved.

FIRST LOOK: ARCLIGHT CINEMAS ENTRANCE AND LOBBY IN BETHESDA (PHOTOS)

The escalators leading up to the soon-to-open ArcLight Cinemas were running this past weekend, and that provided an opportunity to bring you this sneak peek at the entrance and lobby of the state-of-the-art 16-screen cineplex. ArcLight opens November 4 at Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda.
Lobby

Panoramic shot of the new
Dining Terrace from the
ArcLight balcony
(click to enlarge
for full detail)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

HALLOWEEN AT MUSSEL BAR BETHESDA ROW

Halloween is coming a few days early to Mussel Bar at Bethesda Row. A Halloween Mystery Beer Dinner, with a "spooky" menu will shock and surprise you at 6:00 PM on October 29. To make reservations for the dinner, please call (301) 215-7817.

Mussel Bar
7262 Woodmont Avenue

18 CARS BROKEN INTO IN BETHESDA, ROBBERY IN PARKSIDE, BURGLARY AT BETHESDA METRO CENTER

Why make sure your car doors are locked, and all valuables removed from the interior? A good reminder of why came this past Thursday, when at least 18 vehicles were burglarized in multiple neighborhoods in Bethesda. Hardest hit were west Bethesda (Glen Echo, Wood Acres, Crestview, Glen Mar Park), and neighborhoods north of Cedar Lane. Two more break-ins were reported in Chevy Chase Section 3.

Here's a roundup of crimes reported across Bethesda on October 16, according to crime data:

Burglary. Bethesda Metro Center.

Vehicle burglary. 4700 block Bradley Boulevard.

Vehicle burglary. 5500 block Glenwood Road.

Vehicle burglary. 7100 block Georgia Street (Chevy Chase Section 3).

Vehicle burglary. 7100 block Georgia Street (Chevy Chase Section 3).

Theft. 5400 block Wisconsin Avenue.

Vehicle burglary. 5600 block Johnson Avenue.

Vehicle burglary. 5900 block Woodacres Drive (Wood Acres).

Vehicle burglary. 6000 block Gloster Road (Wood Acres).

Vehicle burglary. 4900 block Crescent Street (Crestview).

Vehicle burglary. 9100 block Ewing Drive.

Vehicle burglary. 9500 block Nowell Drive.

Assault. 5200 block Grosvenor Lane.

Vehicle burglary. 5200 block Augusta Street (Glen Mar Park).

Vehicle burglary. 6600 block Rannoch Road (Fairway Hills/Merrimack Park).

Robbery. 10600 block Montrose Avenue (Parkside area).

Vehicle burglary. 6000 block Cairn Terrace (Fairway Hills/Merrimack Park).

Vehicle burglary. 6200 block Yorkshire Terrace (Grosvenor).

Vehicle burglary. 10900 block Clermont Avenue (Garrett Park).

Vehicle burglary. Unit block of Wellesley Circle (Glen Echo).

Vehicle burglary. Unit block of Wellesley Circle (Glen Echo).

Vehicle burglary. 10500 block Aubinoe Farm Drive (Wildwood Manor).

Assault. 5100 block Nicholson Lane.

ARCLIGHT CINEMAS POSTERS IN BETHESDA METRO STATION (PHOTOS)

Remember when I said to watch for these promotional posters ahead of the November 4 opening of ArcLight Cinemas at Westfield Montgomery Mall? Search no further than beneath Bethesda. These ads are in the Bethesda Metro station.



Saturday, October 18, 2014

PAUL BAKERY FILES FOR CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AT BETHESDA'S LOT 31 PROJECT

Paul Bakery and Pâtisserie, an upscale French bakery, has requested a construction permit for its future 2000 SF Bethesda Avenue location. The bakery will be located alongside the Capital Crescent Trail, in the ground floor of The Flats luxury apartments. That building is still under construction itself.

VEHICLE BREAK-INS IN WEST BETHESDA, ASHBURTON; ASSAULT AT MEDICAL CTR. METRO - BETHESDA CRIME UPDATE

Here's a roundup of crimes reported across Bethesda on October 15, according to crime data:

Theft. 1 Bethesda Metro Center.

Assault. Medical Center Metro station.

Vehicle burglary. 5500 block Parkston Road (Springfield).

Theft. 5300 block Westbard Avenue.

Theft from vehicle. 5000 block Fort Sumner Drive (Sumner).

Vehicle burglary. 5800 block Augusta Lane (Glen Mar Park [not far from Ft. Sumner Dr.]).

Drug arrest. Beach Drive at Grosvenor Lane.

Vehicle burglary. 6400 block Earlham Drive (Ashburton).

Vehicle burglary. 6400 block Earlham Drive (Ashburton).

Theft. 10400 block Old Georgetown Road.

Vehicle burglary. 10900 block Clermont Avenue (Garrett Park).

Theft. 7100 block Democracy Boulevard.

Drug arrest. Montrose Parkway at E. Jefferson Street.

Vehicle burglary. Congressional Country Club.

Vehicle burglary. 8500 block River Road (near Congressional Country Club).

BETHESDA CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: 7001 ARLINGTON LUXURY APARTMENTS - OPENING IN DEC.? (PHOTOS)

The website for the future 7001 Arlington luxury apartments has gone live, and a new banner at the site is promising a December opening. That's ambitious for a building that still has Tyvek on it. The building is on the former site of the Arlington Road U.S. Post Office, and its ground floor retail space will house a Volkswagen dealership. On the new website, you can find floorplans, renderings and more - although it was down for maintenance when I last visited.






Friday, October 17, 2014

MASSIVE BETHESDA METRO ESCALATOR PROJECT UNDERWAY (PHOTOS) #WMATA

The replacement of the first of 3 106' entrance escalators at the Bethesda Metro station is underway, and will take approximately 42 weeks to complete. Here is a look at the state of things now, as well as the newly-added, temporary Transit Police box. What's the box for? A transit officer must be on-site at all times in the event of an emergency during the 2-1/2-year escalator replacement project. Part of that is to ensure the station does not become overcrowded, should any failures occur with the still-operating escalators.






BETHESDA CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: ELM ST. DUNKIN' DONUTS (PHOTOS)

The newest Dunkin' Donuts store in downtown Bethesda is being constructed in the former Galaxie Cleaners space in the Shoppes of Bethesda on Elm Street. They're hoping to open October 28, if all goes according to plan.


PERMIT FILED FOR WOODMONT VIEW ULTRA-LUXURY CONDOS IN BETHESDA (PHOTOS)

The first step toward construction of the Woodmont View ultra-luxury condominiums has been taken. Developer Duball has filed for a construction permit for the project with the Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services. One of the better architectural designs on the boards in downtown Bethesda, the building will be at the corner of Battery Lane and Woodmont Avenue. It is one of several new condo buildings positioned as "ultra-luxury," and will compete with The Lauren, Hampden Row, and 4825 Montgomery Lane.

Groundbreaking is expected for the fourth quarter of this year, but demolition of existing structures on the site will begin first. Delivery is scheduled for 2016. 46 two-bedroom condos will sit above 3000 SF of retail, including a Montgomery County Planning Board-mandated "quality restaurant." 9 units will be affordable MPDUs.
Not-so-typical typical
interior at Woodmont View
Your view from around
the driveway to the
Monocle Building
on Battery Lane

Where Jeeves will bring the
car around out front

Looking north along Woodmont
towards NIH
Renderings courtesy Duball, LLC; All rights reserved