Plans for Strathmore Square Revealed

Plans for Strathmore Square Revealed

As reported in Bethesda Beat

Over the next few decades, Strathmore Square at Grosvenor-Strathmore metro will include seven or more buildings, transforming the current asphalt parking lot into a walkable and distinctive community. Fivesquares Development is submitting an application for initial approval from the Planning Board.

Fivesquares’ project application divides the roughly 15-acre site into six sections and describes the development plans for each:

Parcel 1, along Tuckerman Lane near the intersection with Cloister Drive, is slated for a 220-foot-tall building encompassing about 430,400 square feet. The building could consist of two towers that could be 18 to 20 stories tall, “connected by perhaps a five- to six-story building, and located on top of a platform containing a shared five-story, architecturally screened structured parking garage.”

Parcel 2 is just south on Tuckerman Lane and would have a 160-foot-tall building with about 195,000 square feet of housing.

Parcel 3 is just across Tuckerman Lane from the Strathmore Park condos and would provide a buffer between these existing homes and the high-rises planned for Strathmore Square. The buildings on this site would be four stories tall along Tuckerman Lane, to match the height of the condo community, and would gradually rise to a maximum height of 100 feet farther away from the road. One of the multifamily buildings would have about 265,000 square feet of overall floor area, while the second would have about 176,000 square feet.

Parcel 4 is the site across from the Avalon. The first option for this property is to construct a 380,000-square-foot building laid out in a C-shape, with a 300-foot tower rising from the center. The second option is for a 160-foot-tall building of about 300,000 square feet.

Parcel 5 is between the Metro parking garage and the central park proposed by Fivesquares. It could include one of the two, 300-foot signature towers and would be the largest building, at 512,000 square feet.

Parcel 6 is near the intersection of Tuckerman and Rockville Pike. If Fivesquares opts to put a shorter building on Parcel 4, it will construct its second 300-foot tower in this location. The 31-story building could become a hotel or a housing complex of about 385,000 square feet. The other option is to build a 160-foot-tall hotel on the site.

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Amy Ginsburg


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