Saturday, November 14, 2015
Public meeting on potential demolition of Apex Building in Bethesda...again
A community meeting on the mixed-use proposal will be held on November 30 at 7:00 PM, at 4500 East-West Highway, Suite 200.
As I've long pointed out when this was on the front burner last year, no one can support demolishing the Regal and then claim to be an advocate of "smart growth", "walkable communities", or the restaurants within walking distance of the multiplex.
The removal of the Apex Building would allow for a better Purple Line station and elevator setup. But it would only be justifiable if the replacement building is A) the maximum height allowed, as it will be on top of two rail transit stations, B) includes more than the required number of affordable units, and C) also includes a replacement multi-screen cineplex. The Planning Board could easily accomplish this by making B and C prerequisites of approving A.
Otherwise, demolishing a 25-year-old building is absurd, with a reckless disregard for the damage this would do to the downtown Bethesda economy (not that that's stopped Montgomery County Councilmember Hans "Nighttime Economy" Riemer in the past).