Monday, September 19, 2016
Construction of Gallery Bethesda's twin tower to begin today
Today, construction crews will build a plywood wall between the Gallery Bethesda plaza and the Phase 2 construction site next door. On Tuesday, demolition of the existing structures on the Phase 2 site will begin; the triangular property is best known for the distinctive former headquarters of Miller & Long. Demolition is expected to take 5 months, and then excavation for the new tower will begin. Water will be used to control dust around the site.
The dog walk space at the Gallery will close during the construction period, which is expected to last about 22 months. Delivery of the new tower is expected in the fall of 2018.
Of interest to residents of Triangle Towers and the Palisades - construction will take place on weekdays between 7:00 AM and 6:00 PM. There will only be work on Saturdays if weather shuts down operations on one or more of the weekdays prior. If that occurs, Saturday work will be between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
The new 17-story tower will hold 219 residential units, and 12,425 SF of retail/restaurant space. That latter space is expected to be more ambitious than the original Gallery, where the retail space has been primarily geared toward building residents, more than the greater public. Additional foot traffic will help to activate the already-finished public plaza between the two buildings, which features lighted sculptures commemorating the Twist and Shout nightclub that once stood on the 4800 Auburn Avenue site. Donohoe is aiming for LEED Gold certification of the new, smoke-free tower.
Donohoe Development is the developer, and Donohoe Construction will build the project. Vantage Management will manage the new tower, and already is the property manager at the Gallery. A final name for the new tower has not yet been announced.