Thursday, August 06, 2015
Doomed Shell station fenced off for demolition in Bethesda (Photos)
This remains a controversial project among smart growth advocates, due to the low-density bank proposal being inappropriate for a property steps away from a Metro station - and surrounded by high-rises in every direction.
Supposedly, the property owner is waiting it out. But waiting for what? The land is unlikely to be any more valuable than it is now, and the opportunity to seek greater height and density for the site through the Bethesda Downtown Plan has been completely squandered.
Meanwhile, expect gas prices to now rise in downtown Bethesda with one more station out of the market. Expecting to fill up downtown after a severe storm hits the area? Good luck finding a station that will have gas left. All of them ran out - including this one - during two weather events in recent years.