Thursday, June 25, 2015
Bradley Shopping Center exploring future redevelopment options
"We've found a niche there [with] neighborhood serving" retail, Kline said on behalf of the shopping center. Home to popular retailers like Strosniders Hardware, Bradley Care Drugs and Bradley Food and Beverage - to name only a few - the property sits near the edge of the area covered under the sector plan.
So far, Kline said, one option identified is to put residential above the stores, doubling the 51,000 SF site's density. But Kline argued the property must be allowed more density than the draft plan provides for to successfully redevelop. "The property can handle more density, and certainly more commercial density," Kline said.
It's unlikely the ultimate development would simply put residential above the existing retail footprint. That structure couldn't support additional floors above, and probably occupies barely half of the entire property. The county's new development guidelines emphasize structured or rear parking, and retail that fronts onto the street.
Many real estate observers, who have no stake in the property, have previously marveled at the potential development that could result if the shopping center joined its property with EuroMotorcars. Such a development would virtually rival Bethesda Row in size, and essentially adjoin it at Arlington Road and Bethesda Avenue. Neighbors behind the Roosevelt-era apartments behind the site would likely have something to say about the potential height and density of such a development, however.
I think what most community members would find important is - how many of those retailers will stay, or be "allowed" to stay in regard to rents, in any redevelopment of the property? That could be a big part of getting community buy-in for more density there.