Second, the most common complaint about EuroMotorcars - their delivery trucks unloading in the right lane of Arlington Road - is being fully addressed in this plan. No more trucks parked on Arlington Road, folks, as a new interior street will handle vehicle deliveries. That street will be as wide as Bethesda Avenue, EuroMotorcars General Manager Charlie Harmel said, and will run through the center of the property.
Harmel didn't rule out additional pad site retail being added on the Bethesda Avenue side of the property in the future. But in the meantime, those spots will be maintained as surface parking.
The timeline for the project is to submit their plan to Montgomery County in the next few weeks. If approved by the Planning Board, construction will begin in the late spring of 2018, with completion by the end of 2019.
In terms of phasing, they will first demolish the car wash building, and convert it to a temporary sales center. Phase 2 will be the construction of the new interior road. Phase 3 will be completion of the new dealership structures. The final phase - construction of the retail pad site - won't come until the middle of 2020.
EuroMotorcars is a landmark business in downtown Bethesda, selling 2000 new cars and 1500 pre-owned vehicles per year. Harmel says the dealership's service facility works on 150 cars daily. The concept of the redevelopment is to not only improve things from a practical standpoint on the site, but to also better fit the design goals the County has set for downtown Bethesda.