|Excavation around the foundation|
of the building
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Residents appeal to prevent move of Wilson Store building in Bethesda
Despite the ongoing dispute, preparations for the building's move to Middleton Lane began in late April, with some foundation work. Residents are raising concerns about that work, which involved excavation around the building's foundation.
Deborah Vollmer, one of the three residents opposing the move, said the removal of pavement around the building's foundation may leave it susceptible to stormwater seeping into or underneath the building. She said they also question whether the contractor has the necessary permits to do the advance work. As I reported March 11, the contractor did request a "foundation permit" from the County.
The County Department of Permitting Services will send an inspector to the site today, to verify that permits are in order, Vollmer said. She called the preliminary work "premature," given that a final legal decision hasn't been handed down yet on the relocation.
Moving the store was deemed necessary by Carr Properties, which is redeveloping the Apex Building site next door at 7272 Wisconsin. The Wilson Store is the last remaining 19th century building in downtown Bethesda.