Thursday’s worksession on the plan, which will set zoning limits on Connecticut Avenue between Chevy Chase Lake Drive and Manor Road around a planned Purple Line station, included new renderings of what redevelopment of the current strip mall could look like.
The Chevy Chase Land Company hopes to rebuild the area into a mixed-use retail and residential development similar to Bethesda Row or Rockville Town Center.
Residents, including a number of well-known activists on land use issues, said they agree the 1950′s-era shopping center could use an upgrade.
But many are concerned the Chevy Chase Land Company might be granted the ability to build taller and more dense development than recommended in July by Planning Department staff.
Since July, Planning staff received about 100 pieces of correspondence from residents wary of overcrowding and traffic congestion they said would come with too much development.
“If it’s done right and it doesn’t swamp the community and it respects its standing in the middle of a longtime, established residential community, it could really be a good example for other parts of the county,” said Chevy Chase Village Board Chair Pat Baptiste. “If it’s done wrong, it’s just going to be a poster child for what everybody else fears is coming when development comes.”
Pictured below are Planning staff renderings of what the development could look like according to staff recommendations (left) and what it could look like according to the Chevy Chase Land Company’s request (right).