2020 | Development

Bethesda apartment project appears to be back on track

350 units planned on Wisconsin Avenue site

A rendering of the plans for 8001 Wisconsin Ave.

A community meeting is scheduled for next month on a Bethesda development project that appears to have been delayed during the pandemic.

Early this year, B.F. Saul Company proposed building up to 350 apartment units and 15,000 square feet for retail space on the ground floor at 8001 Wisconsin Ave.

The developer held a community meeting on the project in late February. Project officials said at the time that they expected to submit a proposal to Montgomery County’s planning board within about a week.

However, the project appears to have been on hold or delayed. A new sign recently went up in the neighborhood advertising another “pre-submittal community meeting” — this time on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.

A pre-submittal meeting is held before a developer submits formal plans to the planning board.

The sign announcing the new meeting lists similar elements for the proposal: a mixed-use project, with up to 375,000 square feet of multifamily residential units and retail. There also would be structured parking, public open space and private amenities, the sign says.

It’s unclear if the current version of the project is different than the earlier version, or why another community meeting is being held.

Bob Dalrymple, an attorney working on the project who is listed as a contact, did not return a message seeking comment on Monday afternoon.

According to preliminary plans shared during the community meeting in February, the project would extend from Wisconsin Avenue to Tilbury Street, between Highland and West Virginia avenues.

To make way for the project, several freestanding buildings would be torn down. A Citibank branch is on the site now.

The apartment towers would start at 90 feet high, the maximum allowed, and taper down to 70 feet.

The developer had figured on 15 percent of the units being designated as “moderately priced,” to meet a requirement for affordable housing.