Saturday, July 09, 2016

Bethesda construction update: JBG Bethesda Ave. retail building (Photos)

There are more details on the facade of the new retail/restaurant building under construction at 4735 Bethesda Avenue. As I reported previously, the structure is shown in renderings as having a rooftop restaurant space.
Rendering of the building
posted along the construction
fence at the site
The tenant remains unknown. One rumor had Dean and Deluca moving in. Dean and Deluca's corporate office declined to respond to an inquiry regarding the property. A JBG leasing representative also declined to comment recently, when asked who the tenant might be.










14 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is going to be a nice addition to the neighborhood assuming they pull in some quality tenants.

Anonymous said...

Agreed. Looking forward to this one.

Anonymous said...

Loving this trend of Dyer asking for official word, even if they decline response!

Digging the building a lot. Much better than a lot of the other crap out there Dyer doesn't let us mention.

Anonymous said...

Now it's time to put a diagonal pedestrian crosswalk at that intersection. All 4 corners will have good retail.

Anonymous said...

"the other crap out there Dyer doesn't let us mention."

And if you do mention it, Dyer will SEND YOU TO THE CORNFIELD!

Anonymous said...

Are you referring to the Karr designs?

Or the Lauren perhaps?

Anonymous said...

Maybe Douglas is becoming the new Greenhill in terms of not doing anything big with old crappy buildings and just doing lipstick on a pig renovations?

Don't they own that old Relic building that is just sitting there?

They even sold their Cordell project to Toll Brothers.

Anonymous said...

5:13 you could be right. Doesn't Douglas own the one with Trader Joe's in it on Wisconsin? That's been under "renovation" for over 3 years now!

Anonymous said...

Who is the Douglas architect and contractor?

Anonymous said...

Yes definitely it shows Dyer is actually trying to find answers instead of just throwing out unverified rumors and opinions. Nice to see Robert Dyer maturing info a real journalist. Good job!

Anonymous said...

This would make a wonderful Trader Joe's.

I have to assume that TJ's will be fighting with Target to get their trucks in every night -- unless TJ's is walking.

TJ's has a good long lease, but customer parking and re-stocking the current location will be a daily nightmare.

Possibly, the landlord thought he could get a better, longer deal with Target and is letting TJ's walk.

Jason Yang said...

This looks pretty interesting - nice to see some architectural variety. Has JBG announced any tenants? Has anyone said anything about what the little public/green space might look like between this JBG building, FRIT's building, and the new Carr building? It will be nice to see the end result!

Robert Dyer said...

Jason, when I asked JBG, they declined to comment on tenants. All indications to me suggest there is one or more tenants, and that it is not being built on spec to be put up for lease.

It does seem like between Carr and JBG there is now a lot more momentum to get something done with that space. The other long-term wild card will be what FRIT plans to replace that building (Bethesda Row Cinema, etc.) with in 11 years when the leases are up. Will they work with a space that is already finished by Carr and JBG, or will they be part of designing it with their future redevelopment in mind?

Jason said...

It certainly would be nice to get something cohesive in that middle spot with the three property owners.

When is the JBG office building starting next door?