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by Aaron Kraut — September 2, 2014 at 1:15 pm 0

Inc5000 logoA one-man Chevy Chase marketing company that sells health supplements, electronics and other consumer goods is the No. 39 fastest growing private company in the country, according to Inc. Magazine.

Inc. recently came out with its annual list of the 5,000 fastest growing startups and it includes repeat appearances from area companies such as Bethesda-based Wellness Corporate Solutions (No. 702) and Chevy Chase-based WeddingWire (No. 741).

But leading the pack of fastest growing privately owned companies in the area and state was Team Extreme Marketing International, a Chevy Chase-based company owned and operated by Alex Swenson. Swenson began selling a variety of goods on daily deals sites in 2011, then pivoted to become a design and marketing firm.

According to Inc., it made $6.8 million in revenue in 2013, up from $104,694 in revenue in 2010.

It’s the only Maryland company to make it into the top 100 on the list and one of eight to make it into the top 500.

At No. 228 is Strategi Consulting, a Chevy Chase IT consulting firm that has grown nicely since it was founded in 2008. It now employs 14 people and had a 2013 revenue of $3.5 million.

Wellness Corporate Solutions appears on the list for the third straight year, and for the first year since moving from Glen Echo to a bigger office in downtown Bethesda. The company creates and implements wellness programs for corporate clients and government agencies.

It’s added 60 employees over the last three years and brought in $12.6 million in revenue last year.

WeddingWire, the website that hooks up wedding vendors and professionals with couples planning for their special day, also appears on the list for the third straight year. The company is based in Friendship Heights and has provided quite a boost to the area with 236 new employees over the last three years.

It’s also expanded into other event types. There’s now a PromWire.com. That helped the company generate $34 million in revenue in 2013.

by BethesdaNow.com Sponsor — September 2, 2014 at 12:30 pm 0

Ask Andrew

This sponsored, biweekly Q&A column is written by Andrew Goodman, broker/owner of Goodman, Realtors. Based in Bethesda, Andrew serves clients in Maryland, D.C., and Northern Virginia. Please submit comments, questions, and opinions in the comments section or via email.

Question: I just bought my first home. What should I should be doing prior to moving in?

When you settle on your home, you’re officially a homeowner and free to do what you want to your new property (in accordance with any HOA or condo association rules and regulations of course). There are a few things I recommend every buyer do before he or she moves in:

Change the door locks. I’m sure the seller gave you all of the keys they had to the property at settlement, but how do you know if you have EVERY key?

I have given out several keys for my home to my family members, my housekeeper, neighbors and others. I may not be able to get all of the keys back from these individuals when I sell my property because they may have lost the key or they may have moved.

When buying a new construction property, it may not be that big of a deal if they have pins drop to fit your new key once you put your new key in the lock. Once those pins drop, no keys besides the ones you have will work.

But let’s say you purchase a newly renovated townhome that is not in a new development community. There could be 10 keys floating around with 10 different contractors. You just don’t know who has one. Be safe and change all of your locks.

Forward your mail. Make sure you’ve had all of your mail forwarded to your new home from your old one. If new residents have moved into your old home, they may not be so kind to hold on to or forward you your mail.

Switch your utilities. Your utilities should have already been switched into your name as of the settlement date. However, you may want to double check and make sure the utility companies did their job. Also, if you want TV, phone, or internet, be sure to set that up as it usually takes a couple days to have someone come out to install. Many of us can’t live in a home without TV, phone or internet, so make it easy on yourself and have that set up prior to moving in.

Home Renovations. If you’re planning on painting your home, replacing any flooring or other projects, you want to set that up and have it completed before you have furniture in the home. Working on a vacant home is a lot easier than having to work around (or constantly move) furniture to do the work.

Meet the neighbors. Meet some of your neighbors. Moving into your new home and neighborhood is a happy experience and many neighbors see that as a perfect opportunity to meet and start a good relationship. And who knows? Maybe they’ll even lend a helping hand.

Happy moving!

by Aaron Kraut — September 2, 2014 at 11:30 am 0

5104 Moorland Lane 8504 Garfield Street 8407 Irvington Avenue

Check out the condos and homes that sold last week in Bethesda and Chevy Chase, including an $8.5 million nine-bedroom home that sold in the Edgemoor neighborhood: 

  • 6820 Wisconsin Avenue; 1 BD | 2 BA condominium; List price: $549,000; Sale price: $515,000
  • 9200 Burley Drive; 2 BD | 1.5 BA single family detached; List price: $597,500; Sale price: $616,500
  • 6014 Kingsford Road; 4 BD | 2.5 BA single family detached; List price: $675,000; Sale price: $680,000
  • 4520 Amherst Lane; 3 BD | 1.5 BA single family detached; List price: $745,000; Sale price: $745,000
  • 5609 Ridgefield Road; 4 BD | 2.5 BA single family detached; List price: $798,000; Sale price: $753,000
  • 7518 Cayuga Avenue; 4 BD | 3 BA single family detached; List price: $799,000; Sale price: $788,000
  • 7710 Seven Locks Road; 4 BD | 3.5 BA single family detached; List price: $885,000; Sale price: $880,000
  • 8504 Garfield Street; 4 BD | 2 BA single family detached; List price: $859,000; Sale price: $939,100
  • 5518 Oak Place; 5 BD | 4.5 BA single family detached; List price: $989,000; Sale price: $965,000
  • 8407 Irvington Avenue; 5 BD | 4 BA single family detached; List price: $950,000; Sale price: $980,000
  • 18 Avalon Court; 5 BD | 3.5 BA single family detached; List price: $1,174,900; Sale price: $1,116,155
  • 7502 Lynn Drive; 4 BD | 3.5 BA single family detached; List price: $1,395,000; Sale price: $1,275,000
  • 5501 Park Street; 5 BD | 4.5 BA single family detached; List price: $1,875,000; Sale price: $1,837,500
  • 7803 Radnor Road; 6 BD | 7 BA single family detached; List price: $2,498,000; Sale price: $2,400,000
  • 5104 Moorland Lane; 9 BD | 10 BA single family detached; List price: $8,550,000; Sale price: $8,550,000

Photos via MRIS

7518 Cayuga Avenue 7502 Lynn Drive 18 Avalon Court

by Aaron Kraut — September 2, 2014 at 10:25 am 0

A once-controversial seven-story apartment building planned for West Lane in Bethesda will head to the Planning Board for key approvals next week.

The amended preliminary and site plans are recommended for approval by county planners, and will likely get the nod from the Planning Board on Thursday, Sept. 11. The Planning Board has already held extensive discussions about the project, which required zoning changes and faced a good bit of opposition from neighboring townhome and condo owners.

But planners said they received no correspondence about this stage of the project’s approval process.

The planners’ report also includes new rendering of the development, from D.C.-based SJG. It will be a seven-story, 120-unit apartment building at 4831 West Lane, less than 1,000 feet from the Bethesda Metro. 

The project will mean consolidating four single-family home lots into one lot. After pressure from surrounding property owners and some on the Planning Board, the developer made some changes to the design — including stepping back the top of the building farther from the curb.

Residents in the townhomes and condos surrounding the site, sandwiched in between Arlington Road and Woodmont Avenue, said the original massing of the building would block sunlight, cause traffic issues, wasn’t compatible with the existing neighborhood and wasn’t in accordance with the 1994 Bethesda CBD Sector Plan.

The majority of Planning Board commissioners agreed that the revisions were adequate for a building so close to the Bethesda Metro station.

Renderings/Photos via Montgomery County Planning Board

by Aaron Kraut — September 2, 2014 at 9:20 am 199 8 Comments

JBG is looking for "Bethesda's Next Great Restaurant" in its Artery Building

The owner of a prominent office building is looking for “Bethesda’s Next Great Restaurant,” so we thought BethesdaNow.com readers might want to help out.

What would you like to see in this space — on the first floor of the Artery Building at 7200 Wisconsin Ave.?

Property owner JBG is advertising for a restaurant tenant at the location along the Bethesda Avenue side of the building. It’s also asking the Planning Board for permission to modify the inside and outside public use spaces to set up more space for the future restaurant.

If JBG lands a new eatery, it’ll have plenty of competition.

Bethesda Row is a half-block to the west and the Lot 31 project will bring Silver Diner’s new, more upscale “Silver” concept plus PassionFish, a well-reviewed seafood restaurant with a location in Reston. There are also locally owned places including Markham’s (7141 Wisconsin Ave.), Pitzze Table (7137 Wisconsin Ave.) and Food Wine & Co. (7272 Wisconsin Ave.) nearby.

by Aaron Kraut — September 2, 2014 at 8:15 am 242 0

Flickr photo by rzulta rzaba

Thousands Of MCPS Middle Schoolers Miss Vaccination Deadline – About 4,200 of the 11,000 seventh grade students in MCPS missed the deadline to prove they received immunizations for meningococcal, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. MCPS is giving students and their families another 20 days to meet the new state requirements. If the student still doesn’t have the proper records, they won’t be allowed to attend school. [The Gazette]

Silver Spring Man Dies In Apparent Climbing Accident – Police say Rian Avarham Khalder, 25, of Silver Spring, was killed Sunday after a portion of rocks gave way while he was climbing on a trail near Great Falls. [Montgomery County Police]

Sanitation Workers To Press Leggett For Health Insurance Bill – Workers at Potomac Disposal and Unity Disposal, the two major Montgomery County contractors handling trash and recycling pick-up, will hold a demonstration on Tuesday at County Executive Isiah Leggett’s office in Rockville. The workers went on strike last year to protest what they said was a lack of fair pay or affordable health insurance. Since then, the union representing the workers says it’s been discussing a bill that would ensure affordable health care with the County Council, but Leggett has withheld support.

Flickr photo by rzulta rzaba

by Aaron Kraut — August 29, 2014 at 3:15 pm 1,261 0

White Flint Station shopping center, via Google Maps

One of the few properties along Rockville Pike in White Flint that’s not attached to plans for mixed-use redevelopment has been sold, but don’t expect much to change.

White Flint Station, the one-story shopping center home to local favorites such as Ize’s Deli & Bakery and others such as the Le Tache “lingerie and couples boutique,” was sold to a joint venture including Randall Levitt of the Rockville-based Nellis Corporation and Rockville-based Investment Properties Inc.

Levitt said there are no plans to redevelop the property into the type of mixed-use residential and commercial buildings that are sprouting up (or planned to sprout up) in seemingly every corner of the Rockville Pike corridor.

“Our plan is to likely do a renovation of the shopping center and continue to operate it as a convenience retail shopping center,” Levitt said.

The joint venture purchased the property for a yet-to-be disclosed sum from a Baltimore doctor and Bethesda-based Greenhill Realty, which was managing the property as part of a joint venture.

The shopping center (11610-11620 Rockville Pike) is just north of Marinelli Road and the White Flint Metro station. Behind it is the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.

Across Rockville Pike, developer LCOR is planning North Bethesda Center, a mixed-use development with a town center, luxury hotel and suspension bridge over the Metro station platform. The developer has already built two high-rise apartment buildings, one of which includes a Harris Teeter grocery store.

Across Marinelli Road, Bethesda-based developer Saul Centers is planning two 300-foot-tall apartment towers and a 230-foot-tall office complex for the site of the existing two-story Metro Pike Center.

Over the last few decades, Nellis Corporation has owned shopping centers in Annapolis, Odenton, Germantown and Gaithersburg, among other locations.

Photo via Google Maps

by Aaron Kraut — August 29, 2014 at 2:25 pm 215 0

The most recent crime report for Bethesda, Chevy Chase and North Bethesda includes a 75-year-old charged for aggravated assault and an indecent exposure incident near the Bethesda Metro station:

An aggravated assault occurred in the 7200 block of Arlington Road in Bethesda on Thursday, 8/14 at approximately 6:15 p.m.

Arrested: Male, age 75, from Bethesda

A residential burglary occurred in the 7000 block of Clarendon Road in Bethesda sometime between Tuesday, 8/12 and Thursday, 8/14. Forced entry; property taken.

An indecent exposure occurred in the 7500 block of Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda on Monday, 8/18 at approximately 5:30 p.m. The suspect exposed himself to the victim.

Suspect: W/M, 5’9″/170 lbs., beard 

A robbery occurred in the 3700 block of Manor Road in Chevy Chase on Saturday, 8/16 at about 2:30 a.m. The suspect assaulted the victim and removed property.

A theft occurred at a construction site located at 7604 Holiday Terrace in Bethesda on Monday, 8/11 at 11:30 p.m.

Arrested: Male, age 32, from Gaithersburg; male, age 51, from Silver Spring

A residential burglary occurred in the 6000 block of Roseland Drive in Rockville sometime overnight between Friday, 8/15 and Saturday, 8/16. Unknown entry; property taken.

by Aaron Kraut — August 29, 2014 at 1:40 pm 268 0

National Institutes of HealthIn need of more chilled water and worried about the reliability of the local water supply, the National Institutes of Health wants to build a new set of water storage structures on its 70-acre Bethesda campus.

The “Assure/Expand Chilled Water Capacity” project will be the subject of a public meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 24 on the NIH campus.

As explained in a Federal Register notice on Thursday, the NIH will be required to do an environmental impact statement for the project.

The NIH says its demand for chilled water has “exceeded the design capacity several times during the previous years,” and that the agency “has also become increasingly concerned about the vulnerability of the local water utility system, and the risk of reliably delivering water to the NIH Bethesda Campus infrastructure.”

Chilled water is commonly used in air conditioning systems. According to a capital budget report from the National Capital Planning Commission, the project consists of renovating an existing chiller plant on the campus (one of the largest on the east coast) full of equipment that has been decommissioned.

“These chillers are absolutely essential in providing cooling capability for NIH’s 240 bed hospital, over 1.3 million research animals, three data centers and over 12 million square feet of sophisticated biomedical research facilities,” read the report, which estimated the cost of the project at just less than $83 million.

The NIH has already presented a campus master plan that would mean renovations to a number of older laboratory buildings and the construction of new ones, as well as 3,000 additional employees at the campus over the next 20 years.

The Scoping Meeting on Sept. 24 will include a formal presentation on the project. All comments and questions on the meeting or the project should be directed to Valerie Nottingham, Deputy Director, Division of Environmental Protection at nihnepa[at]mail[dot]nih[dot]gov.

by Aaron Kraut — August 29, 2014 at 8:05 am 163 2 Comments

NIH To Conduct Human Testing Of Ebola Vaccine – NIH announced Thursday that it will begin human testing of a potential Ebola virus vaccine next week at its Bethesda campus. The…


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