Developer proposes cutting number of residences, parking spaces in Bethesda project

Developer proposes cutting number of residences, parking spaces in Bethesda project

Two residential buildings would be connected by ground-floor lobby

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A rendering of the proposed residential buildings and the one-story, ground-floor connection.

Rendering courtesy Montgomery County Planning Department documents

A developer seeking to build two residential buildings adjacent to the Bethesda Marriott on Pooks Hill Road has proposed joining the two towers with a ground-floor lobby and cutting the number of units and parking spaces included in the project.

Next week, the Montgomery County Planning Board will consider the proposed change that would reduce the number of units from 631 to 562 and slash the number of parking spaces from 804 to 520, according to planning documents.

Previous project plans called for the construction of two buildings with separate entrances and parking garages, but updated plans link them with a ground-floor lobby.

A Planning Board staff report does not explain what prompted the change.

Each tower will stand approximately 135 feet tall, according to Planning Board documents.

The proposed changes would reduce the development’s overall density from 645,657 square feet to 510,000 square feet.

Fifteen percent — about 84 — of the 562 units will be designated as affordable housing, in accordance with local law. The 520 parking spaces would be in an underground parking garage below the residential building.

The Planning Board will consider the changes during its meeting on Sept. 24.

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