On Monday night, LCOR presented its plans for a new residential building at the 32.5 acre North Bethesda Center. (NRC, Harris Teeter, The Aurora, and Wentworth House are all part of North Bethesda Center.) The new building will be located on Parcel G (and until they come up with a better name, the apartment building will be called Parcel G as well.
This new seven story residential stick-built building will feature 294 one- and two-bedroom homes, including 27 MPDU units, 12.5% of the total. 350 garage parking spaces will be located under the residences. The building’s entrance will face the common green space, and the garage entrance will be located on Wentworth. A lovely courtyard is the center of the new building, complimenting the building’s ‘bold, modern design with a a warm, inviting architecture.’
LCOR hopes to present its preliminary site plan application to the Planning Board by July 31 and begin construction in the third quarter of 2018. Construction should take about two years. With the noisy metro bus depot across the street, the windows in Parcel G will have a high STC (sound transfer coefficient) to boost sound-proofing.
Pedestrian paths, amenities, a clubhouse, plantings, and artistic storm water management are all part of the plans for this new addition to the Pike District. Planters will filter storm water, and they plan to utilize native tree species as much as is feasible.
Most people at the Implementation Committee Monday night were impressed with the plans and look of this new building. However, several community members expressed disappointment that the dog park at North Bethesda Center will disappear when Parcel G is built.
LCOR explained that it is constructing a mid-rise building on Parcel G because the economics don’t work for a high rise building right now the economics of a wood frame building does work right now.