On Tuesday evening, JBG presented its latest thinking on the redevelopment of North Bethesda Market II, the block between Rockville Pike and Woodglen Drive, with Nicholson Lane to the north and Executive Boulevard to the south (excluding the Exxon station on the corner). The site is planned to hold not only White Flint’s tallest building at 300 ft but the tallest building in the county. And, with it’s unique architecture, it’s one of the projects we’re asked about most.
Unfortunately, I missed Tuesday’s public meeting because I had the great fortune of being the featured speaker at Action Committee for Transit’s monthly meeting (thanks, ACT!), so I’m grateful that Aaron Kraut of Bethesda Now was there and posted a comprehensive piece on the plan.
The gist is that we’re looking at two phases of construction, with a modified balance between office, commercial and residential space. The first phase will include a two-story retail building at the corner of Rockville Pike and Executive Boulevard. A 150-foot tall, 80 unit residential building and a public plaza are also planned for the first phase. The public plaza looks to be a draw with an “interactive fountain, wide staircase with public art and landscaping and could be closed off and transformed into a concert venue, outdoor movie festival or farmers market. Pilot said the space, which will be open to vehicle traffic, could easily fit 250 or 500 people.” The second phase will bring the iconic 25-story residential tower, where units will range from modest studios to luxury penthouses. A third phase, which will be market dependent and way out in the future, will address the mid-level office building on Executive and Woodglen that presently houses Paladar Latin Kitchen.
As for a timeline, Bethesda Now reports: “Attorney Steven Robins, from the Bethesda-based firm of Lerch, Early & Brewer, said the group hopes to submit its amended plans to the Planning Department in the next couple of weeks. That would put JBG in front of the Planning Board in the fall and could mean the start of first phase construction in February 2015.” Read Aaron Kraut’s full recap and see new images by clicking here.
Image courtesy of JBG