Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Capital One bank branch closes in Chevy Chase Trust building

Capital One continues to downsize in Bethesda. The latest branch to close is in the iconic Chevy Chase Trust building at East-West Highway and Wisconsin Avenue. This closure has some additional significance, in that this building was the headquarters of Chevy Chase Bank, which was acquired by Capital One ten years ago. Most Chevy Chase Bank branches were converted into Capital One branches.

Moving sale at Knits, Etc. pop-up at Bethesda Row

Knits, Etc., a pop-up shop at 7254 Woodmont Avenue, appears to be winding down at Bethesda Row. A moving sale is underway at the store. This isn't their first time in Bethesda, so they're likely to "pop-up" again soon.

Poke Papa posts coming soon signage at Westfield Montgomery Mall

Poke Papa, which I previously reported is on the way to Westfield Montgomery Mall, has posted "coming soon' signage in the Dining Terrace. Currently found on H Street in the District, Poke Papa will bring its Hawaiian-inspired recipes to the current poke bowl craze in Bethesda.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Bethesda construction update: 4747 Bethesda Avenue (Photos)

JBG Smith's Class A office building 4747 Bethesda Avenue is beginning to round into shape with glass pane installation. The structure looms over its accompanying two-story retail space next door, but itself will be dwarfed by Carr Properties' twin towers at 7272 Wisconsin Avenue.

Gallery Bethesda II apartments to open in December

Donohoe's Gallery Bethesda II luxury apartment tower is now scheduled to open in December. Apartments are now leasing. Some new amenities have become public, including a rooftop dog park, outdoor pizza ovens, and a resort-class jetted pool with outdoor shower. When completed, Gallery II will join sister tower Gallery Bethesda across a shared plaza at 4850 Rugby Avenue.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Little Falls Parkway trail crossing options shown to public

Alternative A - Leave road diet, but
add speed table at crossing (shown in blue)
Changes lie ahead for drivers on Little Falls Parkway and Arlington Road under any of the three options proposed by the Montgomery County Department of Transportation for the Capital Crescent Trail crossing of the parkway. The final three alternatives chosen by Montgomery Parks and MCDOT, based on public feedback are: leave the 2-lane road diet in place but add a "speed table" (a long speed bump with the trail in the center), move the trail crossing to a controlled signal at the Arlington Road intersection, or construct a pedestrian bridge for trail users.
Alternative B - move trail crossing
to a 3-phase traffic signal & crosswalk
at Arlington Road intersection
Under each of the proposed options, the road diet remains in place, according to the renderings. Automobile travel times would increase by 7 or 13 seconds under the first two options, but would actually be 3 seconds faster than before the road diet with the pedestrian bridge option. The bridge seemed to have the most support from attendees at public meetings. It also has the highest price tag at $4 million.
Alternative C - pedestrian bridge carries
trail over the parkway (bridge shown in blue)
Montgomery Parks will continue to accept public feedback on these three options in an online town hall forum, where you can make your opinion heard. Based on public comments, a preferred alternative will be chosen and presented to the Planning Board for approval this winter.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Bethesda construction update: 7272 Wisconsin Avenue (Photos)

Here are scenes from the progress at Carr Properties' 7272 Wisconsin Avenue project. The mega project includes a Purple Line light rail station topped by an office tower (The Wilson), and a residential tower (The Elm).

Saturday, October 13, 2018

New parking lot configuration at Home Depot shopping center

The expanded parking lot has been reconfigured at the Home Depot shopping center by Montgomery Mall. New concrete curbs and islands have been constructed. Part of the shopping center was torn down in order to make room for additional parking spaces.

WSSC nighttime work on Rugby Avenue starting Sunday night

Another part of the WSSC project to replace the Battery Lane water main is scheduled to begin tomorrow night, Sunday, October 14, 2018. That night, Monday night, and Wednesday night, expect lane closures and nighttime work on Rugby Avenue, according to a WSSC service bulletin. In case of inclement weather or unexpected problems, the schedule will be moved to the next business day.

Generators, pumps and heavy vehicles and equipment will be employed, increasing noise levels. WSSC says residents nearby should not experience a loss of water service during the work. They might experience discolored water, or air trapped in their pipes. Customers are advised to flush their cold water lines in both cases.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Another sneak peek inside Anthropologie & Co./Terrain Cafe at Bethesda Row (Photos)

The countdown to October 18 continues at Anthropologie & Co. and Terrain Cafe at Bethesda Row. You might even be able to get a job before they open.