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Marriott Finalizes Details for Downtown Bethesda Move

This is an important moment. Marriott announces:

“…that it has signed agreements with the Bernstein Cos. and Boston Properties for the new corporate headquarters and flagship Marriott Hotel at 7500 Wisconsin Ave….The $600 million Bethesda campus will include a 22-story office building connected by a landscaped public plaza to the Marriott-branded hotel.”

This has massive implications for the downtown Bethesda area – more workers, residents and visitors. That brings real opportunities in the real estate, food and entertainment spaces but also challenges to schooling and transportation.

What do you think of this move? Drop me an email to raj@rajabout.com

Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan Cont.

Reactions to the Sector Plan are coming in. Here is one take from our friends at Bethesda Magazine. Of particular interest was a point on additional development:

 

The plan opens the door to about 4.2 million square feet of additional development.

That might sound like a lot, but the county planning director and the chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board assert that the proposed Bethesda plan is modest in scale.

To put the number in context, county staff reports show that 23.6 million square feet of development existed in Bethesda as of September 2014. Ongoing and approved projects add up to another 4.6 million square feet. Included in that number is a roughly 940,000-square-foot redevelopment plan for the site of the Apex building at 7272 Wisconsin Ave.

What’s not included? Marriott International’s proposal to construct roughly 400,000 square feet near Woodmont Triangle for the company’s headquarters and a flagship hotel. That project will consume some of the 4.2 million square feet of new building space allowed by the Bethesda plan.

It will be interesting to get a variety of takes on this and other aspects of the plan. Feel free to email me at raj@rajabout.com

Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan Cont.

As promised yesterday, I am digging into the plan for nuggets and things to be happy/ worry about. This one struck me as a good recommendation:

“Page 41: Modify language under A. Bethesda Circulator Expansion as follows: A more robust Circulator Bus route should be considered to serve an expanded Downtown Bethesda. That route should include service to the Battery Lane and Pearl Districts,[. Potential new stops should include the following locations (see Figure 2.10: Proposed Circulator Route Revisions):] new Bethesda South Metrorail station/Purple Line station on Elm Street, the Pearl District, and Medical Center Metrorail station.”

I like the idea of the Circulator connecting residents to both Bethesda and Medical Center metro stops. Hopefully with easier, all weather, access to metro, we will see more downtown residents able to leave the car at home and use metro a bit more.

More nuggets etc. to follow!

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The Morning After the Night Before Election 2016

Well, that was a surprise. I suspect a few of our community members will need a pick me up this morning/ day.

SO – here are our top 3 picks to recover from Election 2016:

1. Lunch at Passion Fish – good food and those omega’s are good for the heart

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2. Satsuma for Udon Noodles – Asian comfort food at its best

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3. Lilit Cafe – for all sorts of sweet goodness!

 

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More Wine – and Beer – in Downtown Bethesda

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We’ve had wine on the brain here at Bethesda Actually over the past few days, with the passage of the Maryland Winery Modernization Act and the success of the Bethesda Central Farm Market.  For that reason it seemed like a good time to post this link to all the local wine stores in the area that I stumbled across while browsing Sum Random Knowledge.  And we can now add our friends over at The Market!