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First Look At Makeover For Block Of Bethesda Buildings

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A set of four buildings in Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle is in line for a major makeover.

Architect Steven Karr this week revealed renderings for new retail and restaurant spaces at 4901-4909 Fairmont Avenue and the adjoining building at 4910 St Elmo Avenue.

It’s part of property owner Greenhill Capital’s plan The $5 million, roughly 15,000-square-foot construction project is expected to be complete by August 2016.

It will include a new two-story building at 4901, 4905 and 4909 Fairmont Avenue — which has been shuttered since foundation work at the next-door Bainbridge Bethesda caused a dispute over the building’s structural integrity.

The building will include a lobby, elevator and rooftop patio.

Bainbridge agreed to pay Greenhill a settlement payment of $3.2 million. Fresh Grill, the tenant booted out of the building, settled with both Bainbridge and Greenhill for an undisclosed amount.

On the St Elmo Avenue side of the block, the former space of the Red Tomato will be converted into a new retail or restaurant space with a large patio out front.

While not part of the same development application, the animated design above also shows a new-look for the shuttered BlackFinn space along Norfolk Avenue.

Greenhill also owns that property and actually has its headquarters on the upper floors of the building.

The property owner has gutted the former bar and restaurant, and in the rendering shows two new retail spaces along Norfolk Avenue.

Via Steven Karr