Sunday, May 31, 2020
These two Bethesda businesses are now not taking any chances. CityCenterDC, another high-end retail center, and Georgetown were among the other upscale shopping areas already raided by looters in the District. Flyers about protests have already been placed on some of the boards.
|Saks Fifth Avenue|
Protests related to the death of George Floyd that have turned violent in the District and in other cities were mostly peaceful in upper Montgomery County today. But looters struck in the Friendship Heights area of Chevy Chase early this afternoon.
Windows were smashed at Mazza Gallerie and Saks Fifth Avenue. Merchandise was taken. Montgomery County police responded to the scenes, but have not issued a public statement as of this writing.
the original two-week projection. Here are some photos taken earlier this week of the progress.
Saturday, May 30, 2020
Caddies on Cordell releases
detailed policy ahead of Monday's
restart of outdoor dining;
Apple Store already plans temperature
checks at door
More downtown Bethesda businesses are announcing that a temperature check will be mandatory to enter their businesses, even for outdoor seating in some cases. The Apple Store will require temperature checks at the door when customers are allowed by the state and Montgomery County to enter the store. Yesterday, Caddies on Cordell confirmed they will require temperature checks of all customers and employees as early as Monday, when outdoor seating is allowed to begin. Your temperature must be 99 degrees or lower in order to enter the premises.
Caddies has the most-detailed policy yet made public by a Bethesda business. In addition to a temperature check, guests must wear a mask except when actually eating or drinking. Gloves will be mandatory for staff, and are recommended for guests.
Patrons at Caddies will have to sign a contact-tracing ledger to be notified if they were exposed to the coronavirus by another guest or employee. A maximum of 50 guests may be seated outdoors at one time. Six guests per table is the maximum, and social distancing must be observed while moving around on the patio. There will be no menus - you either have to bring your own device to access their website menu, or your server will verbally tell you which menu items are available.
All food and drinks will be served in single-use, disposable containers. Tables and chairs will be sanitized after each sitting. No cash will be accepted at Caddies until further notice. Only one person may enter either restroom at a time, and they must wear a mask to enter. Restrooms will be regularly cleaned.
Meanwhile, the Apple Store has placed signs on display tables that remind customers to stay 6-feet apart. However, Montgomery County's executive order limits non-essential retail to curbside sales only; Apple will have to assert it is an essential business to allow people inside Monday.
The closure appears to be due to the moribund Montgomery County economy or the County's delay in reopening. There are no widespread Peet's closures taking place elsewhere in the country. In fact, a Google search found no reports of individual Peet's stores closing in America in recent months.
It's a big loss for residents in the Bethesda Place apartments. Up until recently, they had a grocery store and coffee shop in the ground level of the complex; now both have closed.
Friday, May 29, 2020
|View from residential neighborhood|
behind Chevy Chase Cars
Bozzuto also developed the nearby Whitney apartments over the historic Bethesda Theatre. They said the site presents a unique opportunity to do something on a smaller scale than the larger buildings being built and proposed now for the downtown area. Asked by a participant in the meeting if they had considered assembling the site with the CVS Pharmacy next door, a representative replied that CVS has a lease until 2040 at that property.
Sean Stadler of architecture firm WDG said the building will have a two-story, fragmented facade at the bottom. The majority of the units will have views of Cheltenham Road and the adjacent park - although the latter is very small, it must be noted.
|The white-roofed building northwest|
of the "SITE" is the CVS Pharmacy
There will be between 67 and 83 units. Bozzuto has not decided whether they will be rental apartments or condos. That is likely the reason for the undetermined number of units - condo units must be larger than rental units to compete in the condominium market. One level of underground parking will hold only 23 spaces. That's because the building qualifies for lower parking due to nearby public parking lots and garages.
Bozzuto plans to submit its sketch plan in June. A Planning Board hearing is anticipated this fall.
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The motorcyclist, Scott Emerson Hess, age 32, of Goldsboro Road in Bethesda, was declared deceased at the scene. Police said the driver of the vehicle, Mohammad Mansour Rouhanian, 60, of Clarksburg, was not injured in the collision.
Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Elrich shouted down by
protesters at press conference
What will be allowed starting Monday:
- Retail - curbside only
- Restaurants - outdoor seating/curbside pickup/takeout only
- State-approved emergency childcare programs for dependents of essential and Phase 1 workers only
- "Personal services," hair salons and barber shops "for hair only appointments"
- Car washes; exterior only
- Manufacturing with precautions and guidance
- Outdoor day camps & outdoor youth sports, following state guidelines
- horseback riding
- tennis courts
- golf courses
- archery ranges
What is still NOT allowed to open:
- Movie theaters
- swimming pools
- senior centers
- nail salons
- enclosed malls
- places of worship
On Bethesda Avenue, the Apple Store has now lowered a black curtain to block view of the store's interior. A few of the company's stores have reopened in the United States over the last couple of weeks. So far, I have heard of no special policies being implemented by Apple beyond the standard disinfecting regimen throughout the day, and limiting the number of customers allowed in at one time. Masks must be worn by customers and staff alike, and temperatures will be checked at the door, according to a statement from Apple. Customers without masks will be provided with one at the door, as well.
It seems a shame that they just finished remodeling the store to enhance their Today at Apple classes, and now such group gatherings are decidedly passe.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
The Maryland State Highway Administration raised eyebrows last year when it violated its own engineering guidelines and public process rules to arbitrarily reduce the speed limit 10 miles-per-hour with no public hearings on the matter. Reducing the speed limit is a key goal of developers who seek to redevelop multiple properties along River Road between Ridgefield Road and the Capital Beltway. It was never allowed by the SHA, which cited the danger of speed limits below the speed a road is engineered for, until real estate developer Larry Hogan became governor.
Bisnow reports. The GSA is seeking a five-year lease for 110,000-126,000 SF in suburban Maryland. It does have a five-year renewal option on the current lease, so it appears the GSA is testing the market for a better deal. The Consumer Product Safety Commission and U.S. Marine Mammal Commission are the two agencies housed at Bethesda Towers currently, Bisnow says.