Saturday, November 19, 2016

Another self-storage facility planned for Westbard area of Bethesda

The reigning self-storage capital of the world, the Westbard area of Bethesda, could get yet another such facility soon. "Westbard Self Storage" is about to submit preliminary and site plan applications to Montgomery County for the industrial property at 5204 River Road. 

This is behind the McDonald's, and adjacent to the Crown Castle telecommunications tower and former Channel 20 studios. The property is currently improved with auto repair facilities. Demand for self-storage has been high in the 20816 zip code, due partly to the large number of single-family homes being torn down and redeveloped into larger ones.

A public meeting has been scheduled about the development - but here's the rub: It is scheduled concurrent with Equity One/Regency Centers' public meeting about their submission for their 22-acre Westwood Complex properties up the hill from this site. The self-storage meeting is Tuesday, November 29, from 6:30-7:30 PM at Westland Middle School at 5511 Massachusetts Avenue; the Equity One meeting starts at 7:00 PM at The Ballroom on Landy Lane.

Bad timing - it's going to be difficult for residents to attend both.


Anonymous said...

Oh no. Now you won't get to cheer on the creation of a useless ugly box of storage containers because you'll be too busy criticizing the creation of new restaurants, stores and public spaces.

Anonymous said...

thems rich peoples gots a lot of chit

Anonymous said...

The residents must be overjoyed!

Anonymous said...

Yes, yet another green, vibrant place to support the beautiful "urban village" arising in Westbard. You can't make this stuff up. (The proposed self storage site is in the vicinity of the County's recommended Willett Branch greenbelt.)

Let me point out that if the County had proposed lower rise development throughout the Westbard area (as recommended by civic groups), the Westbard sector plan could have covered a broader and more meaningful area. Instead, we've got seld-storage by the greenbelt. You can't make this stuff up. Way to go, County planners.