Thursday, January 21, 2016
Brightview Bethesda project to break ground in 2017 (Photos)
More renderings were on display last night. Teeters explained that two existing structures on the 4907 Rugby Avenue site - the "warehouse building" (Dansez! Dansez! dance studio) and the "pink house" - will be demolished to make way for the new building.
The building will be for assisted living and memory care, with a secure second floor for dementia patients.
Floors 3-7 will be assisted living divided into studios, and 1-and-2-bedroom apartment units. Units will have kitchenettes, but 3 meals a day will be served in the building. Activity rooms are also planned for patients.
Shelter promises that the existing "mouse hole" in the fence will remain, to allow pedestrian access from Battery Lane.
One resident of Battery Lane asked if there is sufficient sewer capacity to handle the addition of the building. Teeters said there is, but that there is a possibility that the WSSC will be updating pipes along Rugby Avenue in the future.
A resident of Battery Gardens, the garden apartments behind the site on Battery Lane whose owners have raised concerns that Brightview Bethesda will block sunlight to their property, brought up that issue last night. Teeters argued that the 18-story Gallery Bethesda has already blocked sunlight from reaching parts of Battery Gardens, so the Brightview building won't have any significant further impact on light there.