Category Development Projects

Developer moving ahead with Strathmore Square project in North Bethesda

First phase will have 220 units; total project could have about 2,200

From Bethesda Beat

Plans are moving ahead for the first phase of a 2,200-unit development in North Bethesda. The project will create a walkable neighborhood near the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station.

The first phase of the Strathmore Square project will have 220 units in two buildings along Tuckerman Lane. One building would have 50 units and 93,000 square feet, including 3,500 square feet for retail. The other building would have 170 units and 212,000 square feet, with 7,000 square feet for retail. Both buildings are expected to have apartments, although the smaller one might be condominiums.

Work on a new parking garage at the Grosvenor metro has been completed. The garage will have an area to park about 100 bicycles.

The Planning Board’s early approval in 2018 was for a project with 1.9 million square feet, including an 11-story hotel, retail space and office buildings. For now, though, the developer is focused on the two buildings in the first phase.

Read the rest of the article at Bethesda Beat.

Community Briefing on Strathmore Square

From Matt Harris, Andy Altman and Ron Kaplan of Fivesquares:

We wanted to reach out to let you know about a community briefing on Tuesday, September 21 where we will present the final site plan for phase 1 of Strathmore Square that we will be submitting to M-NCPPC next week. While it has been awhile since we last met (via zoom), we have been hard at work advancing Strathmore Square to bring it to fruition.

The community briefing, as required by M-NCPPC, will be held via GoToMeeting on Tuesday evening, September 21, and it would be great if you could join.  The link for the online meeting is https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/435920533.

Click here to see the presentation we will be giving that describes phase 1, which includes buildings 3a and 3b, the park and the main spine road serving the site.

Construction Begins at New Rockville Burlington Location

From the MoCo Show:

Back in January we let you know that Burlington wold be taking over the old Barnes & Noble Location in Montrose Crossing. After over half a year, construction has started on the discount clothing retailer located at 12055 Rockville Pike.

Barnes & Noble moved to Congressional Plaza this past August.

Things are just getting started, so there’s not much progress, but a picture can be seen below.

Burlington currently has two other locations in Montgomery County, Gaithersburg (600 N Frederick Ave) and Silver Spring (8661 Colesville Rd.). The retailer used to be known as Burlington Coat Factory.

Learn more about the upcoming Randolph Road Traffic Detour/Closure August 12, 6 pm.

From Pepeo

Pepco’s contractor, CW & Sons Infrastructure, is projected to mobilize this month on Randolph Rd. from Parklawn Dr. to Nebel St. to begin excavation of the 27’x40’ entry pit for the micro- tunnel operation to support the new substation on Nebel Street.

The traffic control plan will allow East bound traffic only on Randolph Rd. West bound traffic will be detoured down Parklawn Dr. to Rockville Pike-MD-355. Sidewalks on Randolph Rd. will remain open to pedestrians throughout the duration of the micro-tunnel construction. While working during the permitted hours, flaggers will be posted to help coordinate traffic going to local businesses. All traffic control measures will remain in place 24/7 until the work is completed. Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Learn more about this major road detour/closure at a Pepco Teams Meeting (limit of 200 people allowed)

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For more info, contact Tami Watkins at PEPCO at twatkins@pepco.com.

And here’s an article from Bethesda Beat on this subject.

Grand Park Development Meeting

Grand Park Development (“Grand Park”) and Silverstone SSL Bethesda GP (“Silverstone”) invite you to attend a virtual pre-application meeting to review a proposed redevelopment application of the property located at 11565, 11575, and 11605 Old Georgetown Road, in Rockville, Maryland (the “Property”).

The Property is zoned CR-4.0, C-2.0, R-3.5, H-250. The Property is approximately 5.93 acres (net tract area). Grand Park plans on filing a Preliminary Plan Amendment to modify the use to include up to 200 Residential Care Facility Units; to revise the Adequate Public Facilities validity periods for Phase 1 and Phase 2; and to make minor revisions to the garage and loading access points, internal to the development. Silverstone plans on filing a Site Plan for the first phase of the overall Grand Park Development.

This first phase encompasses .9 acres and is located in the western portion of the property. The Site Plan proposes a Residential Care Facility – up to 210 units and 18,000 sf of retail .

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 7:00 PM1
Virtual Location: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/532572885
Call in Number: (408) 650-3123 Access Code: 532-572-885
Presentation available: on August 6, 2021 at https://bit.ly/3AQ6EQd

Comments can be made during the meeting via noted methods, or submitted by e-mail to paharris@lerchearly.com outside the meeting. Please note that if your computer does not have a microphone and you would like to provide comments during the meeting, you will need to use the call-in number provided above or through the GoTo Meeting
comment box.

They are holding a pre-submission community meeting to share their plans with you and give you an opportunity to provide input. At this meeting, the Applicant will discuss the proposal and answer any questions. The Applicant will be filing the Applications with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (“M-NCPPC”) shortly after the meeting. Once filed, the Application will be assigned a site plan application number. For more information about the development review process, please contact M-NCPPC at 301-495-4610 or visit their website at www.montgomeryplanning.org.

Because this meeting will be held virtually, they are asking you to provide your name and contact information for inclusion on the meeting attendee list at https://bit.ly/3wBEsx5. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for future project updates, please make that selection when completing your information. The link to provide your contact information will remain available until August 12th at 5:00 p.m.

Big construction closures and detours coming to Randolph Road

Starting the week of August 9, Pepco’s contractor is projected to mobilize on Randolph Rd. from Parklawn Dr. to Nebel St. to begin excavation of the 27’x40’ entry pit for the micro- tunnel operation, which is part of the construction of a new Pepco substation. Upon completion of the entry pit, the subcontractor will begin one of two micro- tunnels needed to go under the CSX Railroad tracks to complete the duct bank installation then proceed constructing the second micro-tunnel. This will be followed by the installation of conduit and pump grout throughout both micro-tunnels.

The total duration for the set-up and construction of both tunnels is projected to be completed within six months. Please note, duration dates are subject to change due to weather and permitting requirements.

Pepco is in continued coordination with the Montgomery County Department of Transportation to mitigate traffic overflow with minimal disruptions as possible. The traffic control plan will allow East bound traffic only on Randolph Rd. West bound traffic will be detoured down Parklawn Dr. to Rockville Pike-MD-355Sidewalks on Randolph Rd. will remain open to pedestrians throughout the duration of the micro-tunnel construction. 

While working during the permitted hours, flaggers will be posted to help coordinate traffic going to local businesses. All traffic control measures will remain in place 24/7 until the work is completed.

Please feel free to reach out to Shamyra Edmonds, Project Ombudsman directly for any questions or concerns about the White Flint Substation project at 202-643-3148 or sedmonds@cwsons.com.

More about the Montgomery Housing Partnership Development Project

The Montgomery Housing Partnership (MHP) has submitted their Sketch Plan to the Planning Board. The proposed residential project will have up to 188,500 square feet of residential density on 2.66 acres of land located on Nebel Street at the intersection of Old Georgetown Road. This will be a multifamily affordable housing project with structured parking and open spaces. Twenty-five percent of the units will be MPDUs. The proposed maximum height is 80 feet.

The Sketch Plan concept shows 18 three-bedroom units, 84 two-bedroom units, 55 one-bedroom units, and 13 efficiency units, for a total of 170 units. There is a courtyard amenity space on the north elevation, an overlook area at the west end of the development, and an entry plaza at the southeast corner. The South Parcel will used as a Public Open Space and developed as a pocket park.

The latest Pepco Substation Construction Update

Week of 07/19/2021

Randolph Rd. Package B -Anchor (Crew #1)– Continue excavation- Install conduit- Pour concrete

Nebel St. Near Randolph Rd.-Package B -Anchor (Crew #2)– Continue excavation- Install conduit- Pour concrete

Nebel St./White Flint Substation-Package C (CW & Sons Crew #1)– Pour concrete- Backfill/Temporary Asphalt- Continue 4-way box tunnel (Louden Tunneling)

Nebel St. & Old Georgetown-Package A (CW & Sons Crew #2)– Continue excavation- Install conduit- Pour concrete

Week of 07/26/2021

Randolph Rd.-Package B -Anchor (Crew #1)– Backfill/Temporary Asphalt- Continue excavation

Nebel St. Near Randolph Rd.-Package B -Anchor (Crew #2)– Backfill/Temporary Asphalt- Continue excavation

Nebel St./White Flint Substation-Package C (CW & Sons Crew)– Continue excavation- Install conduit

Nebel St. & Old Georgetown-Package A (CW & Sons Crew #2)– Backfill/Temporary Asphalt- Mobilize to Nebel St./Marinelli Rd.

Please feel free to reach out to Shamyra Edmonds, Project Ombudsman, directly for any questions or concerns about the White Flint Substation project at 202-643-3148 or sedmonds@cwsons.com.

Pepco Substation Construction Updates

From Pepco:

Week of 07/05/2021

Randolph Rd. Near Parklawn Dr.-Package B -Anchor-Backfill/Temporary asphalt-Continue excavation

Nebel St./White Flint Substation-Package C (CW & Sons Crew)-Continue excavation south (CW & Sons)-Install conduit-Pour concrete-Form up for 2” oil lines-Continue box tunnel to substationNebel St. 100’ North of Old Georgetown-Package A (CW & Sons Crew)-Backfill/temporary asphalt-Continue excavation to stubs

Week of 07/12/2021

Randolph Rd. Near Parklawn Dr.- Package B -Anchor-Install conduit-Pour concrete-Backfill/Temporary Asphalt

White Flint Substation-Package C (CW & Sons Crew)-Complete box tunnel (Louden Tunneling)-Form up for 2” oil lines to be backfilled-Chester to install 2” oil lines-Backfill trench

Nebel St. 100’ North of Old Georgetown-Package A (CW & Sons Crew)-Continue excavation-Install conduit-pour concrete-backfill/temporary asphalt

Please feel free to reach out to Shamyra Edmonds, Project Ombudsman, for any questions or concerns about the White Flint Substation project at 202-643-3148 or sedmonds@cwsons.com.