At last night's meeting at Westland Middle School, applicant 1784 Capital Holdings displayed new renderings of the proposed 53' tall structure, which will be on the site of a building currently occupied by Bethesda Collision behind McDonald's. There will also be several below-grade floors in the facility, and surface parking spaces for customers in-between the building and Bethesda Collision.
An owner of Bethesda Collision said his business will continue to operate out of the other building on the site. Plans for the project include a public access path, that will run between the self-storage building and the McDonald's retaining wall. It is envisioned as a pedestrian access point to the future Willett Branch greenway park. A parcel of the property northwest of the building footprint will be dedicated to the greenway park, as it lies in a flood plain and cannot be developed.
Advocates for the Willett Branch stream expressed concern about the intrusion of the southwest corner of the building into the stream buffer, the visual impact of the building height on the future park and access path, and whether or not there would be trash receptacles on-site to discourage storage unit owners from illegally dumping items in or near the stream.
Several representatives of the project team were on hand to answer questions. This applicant has done a much better job of keeping the nearby community informed than the two other most recent self-storage buildings in the Westbard area, both of which were constructed with little community engagement a decade ago.
|Several basement levels|
will be below-grade
|The site is between McDonald's,|
Bethesda Collision and the
Crown Castle telecommunications
|The parcel outlined in red,|
just northwest of the future
storage facility, will be dedicated
to the Willett Branch greenway park
|The Willett Branch stream|
and stream buffer bisect
that part of the property, and
Equity One's property next door