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Thursday, December 01, 2016
Public meeting scheduled for St. Elmo Apartments project in Bethesda (Photos)
A public meeting regarding the Site Plan for the proposed St. Elmo Apartments tower will be held Wednesday, December 14, at 7:00 PM, at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, West Room A, at 4805 Edgemoor Lane. The Lenkin Companies development will include 210 residential units, 15488 SF of retail and restaurant space, and share a 10865 SF, 30' pedestrian plaza with neighboring apartment tower Bainbridge Bethesda.
It will displace several businesses that are currently tenants on the property, including Vuk and Chef Tony's. Groundbreaking had been planned for late 2016 or early 2017, so it appears there will be a slight delay (site plans usually take about 6 months from when they are first submitted).
View of the proposed new plaza from Fairmont Avenue
The plaza, which will replace the existing pedestrian area at the Bainbridge, will curve and feature a clock, as well as ground-level retail on both sides. Tables, chairs and plantings will remain as amenities. A site plan amendment for the Bainbridge will be required, and that is scheduled to be discussed at the meeting, as well. Bainbridge residents who have any input about the future of their plaza may want to attend, to weigh in on the topic.
View of plaza from St. Elmo Avenue
While the address for the building is currently 4931 Fairmont Avenue, the lobby and garage entrances will be on the St. Elmo side. The loading dock will be on the Fairmont side, however. In its preliminary plan, Lenkin had proposed offering 220 garage parking spaces (more than is required), and 15% affordable units, again, more than is required. We'll find out December 14 if any changes are being proposed to the plan.