Thursday, August 06, 2015

Community meeting scheduled for 8008 Wisconsin development in Bethesda

Another community meeting has been scheduled by Douglas Development for its 8008 Wisconsin Avenue mixed-use project in downtown Bethesda. The meeting will be held on Monday, August 17, at 7:00 PM, in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center (Room A) at 4805 Edgemoor Lane.

8008 Wisconsin will include up to 140 luxury apartments, 15% of which will be affordable units, and up to 4,500 SF of retail space. Most of the latter will be taken up by a restaurant located at the corner of Woodmont and Cordell Avenues, which will have outdoor seating.

The project area includes the former surplus store on Wisconsin, and the "beer house" at Cordell and Woodmont. It has been delayed for months by complications to the site plan created by the county's proposed Bus Rapid Transit plans. A BRT station would be located at the Cordell-Wisconsin intersection. The problem is, the right-of-way the county is demanding Douglas comply with on this one property cannot possibly be continued down both sides of Wisconsin all the way to Bethesda Avenue. There are properties in the way that have no intention of moving. In fact, one is historic and cannot be moved or demolished.

So, what's the point?

Image via Montgomery County Planning Department


Anonymous said...

Isn't that the point of planning? You don't do everything right away, but when something is built or redeveloped you have it conform to the long term plans. It might take decades for the plan to be realized, but you are working towards something, and you will eventually have something semi-coherent.

Anonymous said...

Exactly 6:04. Dyer is looking for future brownie points for political purposes. LMAO!

Anonymous said...

Yes! Glad to see this building moving forward. This end of Woodmont Triangle is a dump!

Robert Dyer said...

How does supporting placing the highest density at Metro stations in edge cities earn me "brownie points"? It's called "smart growth", except MoCo is quietly abandoning it for other arguments for building luxury apartments on any piece of land not currently occupied by them.