Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Battery Lane District development in downtown Bethesda. Nancy Regelin, attorney for Aldon, says that the delay is needed to address two new issues with the plan, which is expected to dramatically transform Battery Lane over this decade.
Issue number one - the question of which side of Battery Lane to place a cycle track on - has now been answered by the County Department of Transportation, which has formally recommended it go on the south side of the street. Now MCDOT wants Aldon to resubmit the preliminary plan so that it can review all of the implications of placing it on the south side.
A second issue is stormwater exiting into the stormwater management pond by NIH. Regelin says the County has asked for an additional flood plain study for the relevant stormwater outlet there. This will require additional engineering study by Aldon, and further review by the County.
For these reasons, Aldon is asking to postpone the end of the preliminary plan review period to April 30, 2020. Planning staff is recommending approval of the extension. The extension request will be taken up by the Planning Board at its January 30, 2020 meeting.
Monday, January 20, 2020
|BACC letter stamped "RECEIVED" by|
MoCo State's Attorney's office
According to witness accounts, initial remains discovered were illegally relocated and reburied in a different black cemetery near the Howard County line by the building's architect, indicating the builders knew full well they were disturbing a black cemetery. After that, bodies located in the footprint of the future building were illegally relocated into a nearby mass grave. Fill dirt was allegedly brought in and dumped atop the cemetery. Graves that were under the planned parking lot area were left in place, and the asphalt lot was placed on top of them.
"The desecration of Moses African Cemetery will be considered among the most egregious, callous, and racist in US history," Coleman-Adebayo wrote to McCarthy. " It is therefore incumbent upon you, as the chief law enforcement officer in Montgomery County, to protect Moses African Cemetery and to bring criminal charges against any and all of the parties who have knowingly participated in the desecration," the letter concludes.
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Saturday, January 18, 2020
isn't the first time this has happened by any stretch. But take extra caution crossing here until the sign can be righted.
Friday, January 17, 2020
The biggest blow yet has fallen on the strip in Chevy Chase once referred to as "Montgomery County's Rodeo Drive." Collection at Chevy Chase anchor tenant Giant has closed its store. The store has already been cleared out. This is a major hit to other tenants that remain, as Giant and Clyde's of Chevy Chase have been the only significant traffic drivers left at the struggling retail center.
renovation to the public space areas at the center was completed, and new restaurant Little Beet Table recently opened. The Collection, and the area in general, have been hard hit by the moribund Montgomery County economy - which fell to rock bottom in the region, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics benchmarks - and the flight of the rich to lower-tax jurisdictions in our region.
|First photos from the scene|
|Massive blow for the area, and|
a major loss of convenience and
price competition for residents
Thursday, January 16, 2020
The number of residential units appears to have dropped from 450 apartments to 322, and the number of parking spaces from 445 to 340. Considering that the building is nearing its mid-2020 delivery, and the units are already built, a reduction in number would seem to suggest the units will now be larger in size. The application has been filed with the Montgomery County Planning Department, and will be reviewed by the Planning Board.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
It's also part of the property that was once home to the classic Cineplex Odeon Tenley Circle Theater, where I saw a few films years ago. It closed in 1999, but fortunately has a second life as the Greenberg Theatre, thanks to American University.
Surfside will be opening very soon; stay tuned for an opening date. According to an email from Georgetown Events, they are currently hiring staff for all positions at the Tenleytown location. In addition to tacos, Surfside also offers other Mexican specialties ranging from tamales to quesadillas to even a pan-seared trout with vegetables and rice.
Georgetown Events also owns the very popular Jetties chain, which has a Bethesda location at Veterans Park at 4829 Fairmont Avenue.