|This vehicle-accessible drop-off driveway|
on North Lane would be closed off
Monday, May 18, 2015
Newlands Building wants to make exterior changes by Bethesda Metro station (Photos)
replacing the pavers on the plaza on one side of the Newlands Building recently. Now more upgrades are in store. The Chevy Chase Land Company's landmark tower is requesting permission from Montgomery County to make several exterior changes along the Woodmont Avenue and North Lane sides of the building.
If approved, a canopy of unspecified size would be installed near the intersection of North and Woodmont. The existing drop-off driveway on North Lane would be removed, and there would be a solid curb from Woodmont up to the Newlands' underground garage entrance driveway. This was previously used primarily for valet parking purposes, but losing it would make it more difficult for drop-offs and deliveries. The other street sides of the building are primarily bordered by active traffic lanes, meaning short-term visitors either would have to block traffic, or park in the garage.
Finally, there would be modest landscaping changes and exterior lighting improvements. Also known as 2 Bethesda Metro Center, the Newlands Building is directly across North Lane from the Bethesda Metro station.