Rolled Thai Ice Cream to Bethesda

This is COOL — Class 520 Rolled Thai Ice Cream company is coming to Bethesda according to their Facebook page!

Here is a link to a video showing the creative process!

What’s Hot in 2017: YIMBY!

Confused? Well, full confession – I wasn’t particularly familiar with this concept but basically it means:
“Yes in my back yard!” and is a movement about sustainability of energy, housing, technology, infill construction and the like. It is seen as a contrast to “NIMBY” – which stands for “Not in My Backyard.”

Someone I was discussing the Purple line with recently noted that it has seen a fight between these two groups and that they saw 2017 as a year when the YIMBY movement would go mainstream.

So what would that mean for Bethesda? Well, we have no shortage of infill construction but I would hope that developers would be pushed to increase energy efficiency, sustainability etc. as part of the YIMBY effort.

What do you think? Do you agree with the YIMBY concept? Is the Purple line a NIMBY v YIMBY fight or is that too symplistic.

As ever — email thoughts to raj@rajabout.com and we will publish the most interesting!

Important Open House 7th and 8th: Montgomery County on alternative 355 Route (via Twitter Feed)

Join us for a Open House on Feb. 7 or Feb. 8! Learn & comment about conceptual alternatives for MD Route 355

Tough Temple Cross Fit Has Moved – Is Senior Home a Step Closer?

The Tough Temple Cross fit has moved locations and has a sign out front for Fedex/UPS deliveries. Curious to know whether the assisting living facility slated for that space is now a step closer to breaking ground. Of course the dance studio is still there but evidence does suggest we are inching closer to a redevelopment project for Rugby Avenue.  It seems that Bethesda Urban Living for seniors is on the horizon!

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Bistro Lazeez and Uber Eats

Just wanted to note that Bistro Lazeez is very publicly pushing their connection with Uber Eats — I am curious to see if folks have had a good experience with Uber Eats. Drop us a line at raj@rajabout.com and we will publish the best responses.

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LL Bean to North Bethesda!

LL Bean will be opening at the Pike and Rose soon. The timing is interesting in light of the kerfuffle over LL Bean heiress Linda’s donation to President Trumps campaign — will this have an impact? Who knows!

Thanks Nandos!

One week ago we decided to spend Inauguration Day at Nando’s in Bethesda and I just wanted to take a moment to thank the wonderful folks there for a terrific lunch — we popped over there for food, some good cheer and positive vibes on that important day and they did not disappoint. Find below a picture of the back of the back of one of their marketing team (he is sporting the “everyone is welcome” concept on his tshirt) and a picture of a cool mural inside the restaurant:


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Marriott Downtown Bethesda Continued

Just a follow up to last weeks post – here are a few more details on the Marriott downtown Bethesda HQ move – taken from Marriott directly via this link. What do you think? Good move for the Bethesda Urban downtown area?

What will be built? When will it open?
The new $600 million Marriott headquarters envisions a state-of-the-art campus with an approximately 700,000-square-foot office building, a 230+ room Marriott hotel and a pedestrian plaza connecting the two buildings that will also be open as a public connection between Wisconsin and Woodmont avenues. Under current plans, the office building and hotel would open in 2022.


Tell me more about the hotel
It will be a flagship Marriott hotel with over 8,000 square-feet of flexible meeting and ballroom space for meetings, conferences, banquets and events. The hotel will also offer exceptional dining and social amenities including a ground-floor restaurant offering outdoor dining on the pedestrian plaza, a specialty coffee shop and a seasonal rooftop dining terrace.


How tall will the buildings be?
As currently envisioned, the office building is proposed for 22-stories. The hotel is proposed for 12 stories.

 

Passing this along (hat tip Bethesda.org): Bethesda Play in a Day

Six professional Washington, D.C. area theatre companies will write, direct, rehearse and perform original plays based on similar themes in only 24 hours.  The plays will be presented at the 13th annual Play In A Day, a one-of-a-kind theatrical event.

Play In A Day kicks off on Friday evening, February 17th where playwrights and directors come together to receive their assigned themes and props.  Playwrights then work through the night to create their ten-minute masterpieces. As the sun comes up, rehearsals begin as teams of directors and actors prepare anxiously to make the 8pm performance deadline on Saturday, February 18, 2017.  ** Please note, some material is not suitable for children.

Tickets are $15.

The Whitehall Condos Bethesda

Hi friends,

As I have mentioned previously, I am going to post periodically about the downtown Bethesda condominium/ real estate market.  In that spirit, I just wanted to take a moment to chat about the Whitehall condominium building on Battery lane. 

It is a building I know well but I popped by earlier in the week to look at a few units that are on the market and wanted to share my updated thoughts.

  1. The value in the Whitehall is still based in the terrific size of the units.  It is an older building in an area that seems to have a new condo building popping up at every turn, but this ensures that the price per sq foot and the overall size remain as its big plus points.
  2. The facilities are decent at the Whitehall – the 24 hour front desk, copious parking, a meeting room, pool and a gym are useful benefits.
  3. The condo fee is on the higher side but that should not be a deal breaker – you get a lot for your money and there are some extenuating circumstances (happy to discuss offline).
  4. There are tangible variations between the prices and types of unit currently on the market. Some are worth serious condition for buyers currently in the market.

As ever, I am happy to discuss the Whitehall/ other Bethesda condos or real estate matters with you one on one. I can be reached at raj@rajabout.com or (240)486-3921.

Cheers!