Some major details, such as whether the building will be commercial or residential, were not revealed last night. That question will be decided before the end of this year, a Brookfield representative predicted. A sketch plan will be filed "in the near term," likely within 30 days.
Intriguingly, Clark Construction's Protect Bethesda Open Space group - which was the public expression of Clark's objections to Brookfield's plan to build on the existing plaza (which Brookfield has the property rights to do, it should be noted) - made a last public relations push on social media in the last 48 hours. It called on plaza preservationists to turn out in force wearing green at last night's meeting to advocate for "high quality, visible, and accessible open space." However, no formal protest ended up taking place, and no major objections were raised by attendees. What made the last minute communications intriguing, was that Clark had announced it was no longer opposing Brookfield's plan about a year ago.
|Plaza on Wisconsin Avenue|
side of the development, including
new Metro station entrance
|"The Promenade," which Brookfield|
envisions as a Bethesda Lane-style
pedestrian plaza with retail and
restaurants on both sides
|Improved access to Metro and|
|Arts Brookfield Zone|
This development process is certainly the time to have the discussion about making the plaza the central focus of the downtown again.