|Brookfield's rendering of a"Central Lawn" behind|
its planned 4 Bethesda Metro Center tower
|Clark Enterprises' Protect Bethesda Open Space|
alternative vision with the green space in front
At the same time, a new effort by Bethesda residents who support Clark's vision of a large green space at the front of the plaza is gearing up for the June 27, 2018 Design Advisory Panel meeting on the project, which will be held at 11:30 AM that morning at 8787 Georgia Avenue. They are encouraging those who favor the Protect Bethesda Open Space vision of a larger green space to attend the meeting, and a pre-meeting briefing at 10:15 AM. A sign-up page with details has been posted online.
A 2016 study by Christopher Leinberger, Tracy Hadden Loh, and Richard Wilson of the George Washington University Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis made an argument similar to Clark's, in calling for the "most visible and publicly accessible open space" at the plaza. The study appears to have no affiliation with Clark Enterprises, which is not among the real estate firms listed on the CREUA Advisory Board.
Update - June 20: The article was updated to include new information about the GWU University study for an urban park at the Bethesda Metro Center plaza.