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
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.
In 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.
According to the Metropolitan Area Transportation Operations Coordination Program, all lanes were reopened just before 1 p.m.
The accident caused a backup of almost two miles. Montgomery County Emergency Management has advised Alert Montgomery subscribers to find an alternate route.
Photo via TrafficLand.com
Monday will mark the 47th Annual Kensington Labor Day Parade and Festival.
The parade starts at 10 a.m. at the corner of St. Paul Street and Plyers Mill Road and will include local school marching bands, equestrian show groups, floats, people from local religions and nonprofit organizations as well as a bevy of political officials reminding you to vote in November’s Gubernatorial election.
The event is more than just the parade — food and arts vendors will set up on Armory and Howard Avenues during and after the main festivities.
Northbound Connecticut Avenue traffic through Kensington will be diverted into southbound lanes during the parade.
Check out our picks for open houses this weekend around Bethesda.
9916 Dickens Avenue
5 BD | 4.5 BA single family detached
Sondra Mulheron, Long & Foster Real Estate
Open: Sunday, August 31 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
7664 Westlake Terrace
4 BD | 3.5 BA condominium
Michael Wells, Redfin Corp.
Open: Sunday, August 31 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
4405 Chalfront Place
3 BD | 4.5 BA single family detached
Sharron Cochran, W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors
Open: Sunday, August 31 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
9409 Locust Hill Road
5 BD | 5.5 BA single family detached
Joseph Zorc, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Open: Sunday, August 31 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The formal master plan process that might allow for massive redevelopment in the Westbard section of Bethesda will kick off with a community meeting on Sept. 23.
The County Council approved moving the start of the master plan rewrite up to this fall after Equity One, which recently bought Westbard’s main shopping center and many of the surrounding properties, made clear its goal to redevelop the area into a more vibrant, mixed-use style community.
Equity One outlined some of its plans in a series of community meetings earlier this year and has hired a Rockville-based public relations firm to help create its Westbard Vision website and coordinate community outreach.
In March, Equity One officials and an architect said they want to create a “signature” main street on Westbard Avenue with pedestrian crossings and upscale retailers to replace the loading docks, driveways and surface parking lots there now.
Equity One is partnering with EYA, a residential developer known for its luxury townhouse communities around the D.C. area, and promised to make an honest effort to keep every existing retailer in its new project.
But in order to make it happen, Equity One must get zoning changes that would come as a result of a new Westbard Sector Plan. Last revised in 1982, it’s the oldest master plan in Montgomery County.
Until Equity One came forward with its plans this year, the rewrite was still low down on the county Planning Department’s work schedule.
The Sept. 23 meeting will be one of many hosted by county planners. It’s set for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Whitman High School Cafeteria (7100 Whittier Blvd.).
On its Westbard website, planners acknowledge that Equity One “is ready to redevelop” its properties, which include the Westwood Shopping Center, Westwood Towers, Springhouse by Manor Care, Bowlmor Lanes, two Citgo stations and Westwood Center II.
The Westbard Sector includes the area in and around River Road and Westbard Avenue. Planners hope to have the sector plan rewrite delivered to the County Council by June 30, 2015, with the idea that any zoning changes would go into effect by September 2016.
Other key Planning Department dates include a Planning presentation of the Scope of Work on Oct. 21 at Whitman High School, a series of Planning charettes from Nov. 10-14, a Visioning Workshop on Monday, Nov. 10 and a Planning Board public hearing on May 14, 2015.
Photo via Equity One
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 agency’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is stepping up the pace of human testing for experimental Ebola vaccines because of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has led to the deaths of more than 1,400. [NIH]
WSSC Didn’t Notify All Woodmont Triangle Residents Of Late-Night Work – Some residents of the Triangle Towers apartments (4853 Cordell Ave.) are unhappy after WSSC failed to notify them it would be conducting noisy sewer line replacement work in the middle of the night on nearby St Elmo Avenue. A county Environmental Protection official sent the residents a letter saying WSSC should have informed residents of all three buildings within a 300-foot notification range. The work will continue next week and does not require compliance with the county’s noise ordinance. [Robert Dyer @ Bethesda Row]
County Looking For Input On Goldsboro Road Bike Lanes – MCDOT has revealed its preferred design for a set of new bike lanes and pedestrian facilities on a one-mile stretch of Goldsboro Road between River Road and MacArthur Boulevard. The design calls for a five-foot wide bike lane on the westbound side of the road and a bike lane a half-foot wider on the eastbound side of the road. Contact MCDOT’s Greg Hwang with any comments or concerns. [MCDOT]
State Delegate Arrested In Immigration Protest – District 18 Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez was among the nearly 150 protestors arrested on Thursday in front of the White House who were calling for President Barack Obama to enact immigration reform without Congressional approval. Gutierrez, a Chevy Chase resident, was one of almost 2,000 activists who called on Obama to extend deportation protection to millions of undocumented immigrants. [WAMU]
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