2020 | Development

Developer pitches senior living, retail at HQ site Marriott is leaving

2.4 million square feet of development expected on Fernwood Road

Rendering via Montgomery County Planning Department

The Marriott International headquarters in Bethesda could be transformed into a senior living community when the company moves to its new location in 2022, if a developer’s new plan for the property is approved.

In plans filed with the Montgomery County Planning Board last week, developer ELP Bethesda at Rock Spring LLC proposed 2.4 million square feet of development, which would include up to 1,300 independent living units, 210 assisted living units and 50 nursing units.

The property is at 10400 Fernwood Road.

The homes would be split among eight buildings, ranging in height from six stories to 13 stories.

The project, if approved, would be built in several phases and split into two sections: East Village and West Village, according to Planning Department documents.

The project plans show amenities such as food services, recreation areas, exercise rooms and “medical support” space.

About 5,300 square feet of development would be reserved for retail space.

A 1.6-acre park is proposed along Fernwood Road, on the eastern side of the property. There would be a trail for walking and jogging, and benches for resting, according to project plans.

The developer intends to maintain the park for 10 years. At the end of that time, the developer will “offer to convey the civic green to (the Montgomery County Parks Department) for one dollar.”

A date for Planning Board consideration has not been set, according to online records.

Marriott, which employs more than 4,000 people, is building a new headquarters in downtown Bethesda at 7750 Wisconsin Ave. Construction is expected to be completed in 2022.

The project includes a 785,000-square-foot, 22-story office building; an adjacent 244-room, 12-story hotel; and a plaza spanning the two buildings, according to the company.

The Bernstein Companies and Boston Properties are building the offices and the hotel.

The Bernstein Companies will own the buildings and has a management agreement with Marriott to manage the hotel.

Caitlynn Peetz can be reached at caitlynn.peetz@bethesdamagazine.com