2021 | Development

Approval expected for pandemic-related changes to Bethesda development

73 ‘live/work’ units would accommodate working from home

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The Montgomery County Planning Board this month is expected to approve changes to a development on Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda.

In June, developer JLB Realty LLC filed paperwork with the Planning Department, seeking approval to modify its plan to include up to 73 “live/work” units, which provide formal work spaces in the residences.

All would be on the first three floors of the building, and would be constructed with concrete to create “a quieter working environment.”

In documents submitted to the Planning Board, JLB Realty wrote that it expects a significant shift post-pandemic in how businesses approach work, and anticipates many people will continue to work from home part- or full-time.

The Planning Board will consider the changes during a meeting July 22. The Planning Department staff has recommended approval.

Several small work spaces are also included in the updated plan.

In 2019, the Planning Board approved the project at 8015 Old Georgetown Road — a 310-unit apartment building replacing a Lutheran church. The number of residences was slightly reduced in 2020, to about 297 apartments.

In the revised plans, JLB has transformed an amenity space into a 6,000-square-foot “work space” on the first floor of the four-story building. The space will have areas separated by glass panels, where individuals or groups of up to four people can work. The space will connect to an outdoor courtyard with seating.

On the second floor, JLB has proposed an executive center, a club room and a conservatory that can accommodate larger groups. The spaces would also have accordion doors that open the spaces up to outdoor courtyards.

Plans also include an approximately 274-space parking garage and an outdoor pool.

About 15% of the units would be designated as affordable housing.