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Developer Wants Less Parking At Battery Lane Apartment

by Aaron Kraut — July 1, 2013 at 11:15 am 398 6 Comments

Woodmont View rendering, via Montgomery County Planning Department

The developer of a small apartment site at the intersection of Battery Lane and Woodmont Avenue wants less parking for its 47-unit, 90-foot high project.

Reston, Va.-based Duball LLC will go before the Montgomery County Planning Board on July 11 with an amended Site Plan for the Woodmont View, which calls for 83 parking spaces, down from the 101 it promised in its previous approval.

The developer says it no longer thinks commercial parking spaces for a planned first-floor restaurant space will be necessary since that restaurant will use valet parking. The developer also cites the nearby public parking garage across the street on Woodmont Avenue.

The apartment itself will occupy a skinny slice of land on the west side of Woodmont Avenue, north of Battery Lane, where a small four-story office building with a first-floor dry cleaner stands today. The property has about 60 feet of frontage on Battery Lane, where a new apartment building is planned for Aldon’s 4857 Battery Lane apartments next door.

Site of planned Woodmont View apartment building, via Montgomery County Planning DepartmentAcross the street, excavation work continues on 8300 Wisconsin Avenue, where developer StonebridgeCarras is building a 359-unit apartment building and Harris Teeter grocery store. That development will include about 580 underground spaces, 120 of which will be reserved for Harris Teeter customers.

Parking minimums for residential developments in areas with Metro access have presented an interesting debate for county policymakers, who will be examining the Planning Board’s proposed Zoning Code Rewrite throughout the summer. The Board proposed cutting some of those minimums in an effort to promote more walkable, transit-oriented places.

Duball also developed the Lionsgate condos (7710 Woodmont Ave.) near Old Georgetown Road and is building a 263-unit apartment tower and 140-room hotel near Rockville Town Center.

Images via Montgomery County Planning Department

  • John Sheckman

    I’m sorry, that is absurd. The restaurant valet should use spaces in that building, not the public garage across the street. Parking is THE trade off builders must make in order to get more density. The County should NOT let them off the hook. Terrible precedent.

    • Teyo

      47 units with 101 spaces? I don’t care if there is a restaurant downstairs, that’s an absurd number of spaces. None of the other restaurants in the area offer on-site parking and several make use of nearby garages for their valet services. The Woodmont garage down the street is almost never full and would easily absorb the parking from this restaurant.

  • Leigh Byrnes

    Bethesda residents will always want more parking on-site, even if there is a garage across the street.

  • Ben Ross

    83 parking spaces is still an absurdly large number of parking spaces for 47 apartments that are so close to the Metro. The developer is going to be stuck with lots of empty parking spaces unless buyers are forced to pay for parking whether they want it or not. How many people want to pay the $50,000 plus construction cost of an underground parking space, plus maintenance, when the county invites them to park across the street at a subsidized price of $1800 per year?

  • Jesse Parkes

    I think it is horrible that this is going to be built in the place where the woodmont house is. The woodmont house I thought was donated to the NIH children’s hospital so that parents of kids being treated had a place to stay. Now it’s just going to be some expensive condos, shame.

    http://www.childrensinn.org/site/c.kkI1KiMXIvF/b.5336535/k.CBE8/The_Woodmont_House.htm

    • Meghan

      You are confusing the Woodmont House, owned by the Children’s Inn, with the other little house next to it. The smaller white house is what will be demolished.

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