|Wegmans at White Flint Mall site?|
Monday, February 02, 2015
STREETSENSE SEEKING RESTAURANT FOR BETHESDA APT. BUILDING, ENVISIONS WEGMANS AT WHITE FLINT MALL SITE
Bethesda-based real estate firm Streetsense is seeking a restaurant tenant for the future Element 28 luxury apartment building at 7535 Old Georgetown Road. A 3500 SF space with 18' high ceilings is expected to become available in the building's ground floor by the end of this year. The space is steps away from the Bethesda Metro station, but also steps away from a location where bars and restaurants have had a high rate of turnover, until Tyber Bierhaus took it over.
In less solid, but even more intriguing, news, it's interesting that the worst-kept secret in local commercial real estate - Wegmans' intense interest in taking over the footprint of the now-demolished Bloomingdale's at White Flint Mall - pops up on a Streetsense promotional brochure for a different Pike District property. Long rumored, but as of today not confirmed yet, Wegmans would surely help deodorize the gaffe-filled demolition of the thriving mall. The Rochester-based grocery chain's desire is for the grandfathered footprint left from Bloomingdale's, which would allow a far bigger store without complicated exceptions being requested from the Planning Board.