Hearing Will Consider Relocating Historic Community Paint and Hardware Building

Hearing Will Consider Relocating Historic Community Paint and Hardware Building

Developer wants to move Bethesda structure to Middleton Lane parking lot

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Once called the Wilson Store, Carr Properties is proposing to move this historic structure on Wisconsin Avenue.

Douglas Tallman

The Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission will hold a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on a proposal to relocate the historic Community Paint and Hardware building from 7250 Wisconsin Ave. to another Bethesda location.

The property, most recently the home of a United Bank branch and sometimes called the Wilson Store, has historic preservation status. Carr Properties, the developer of a project proposed for the site of the adjacent Apex Building at 7272 Wisconsin Ave., owns the structure. The company proposes to move the building to a county parking lot at 4538 Middleton Lane, less than half a mile away and on the opposite side of Wisconsin Avenue.

The historic building was moved about 50 feet to its current spot in 1988 to make way for construction of the Apex Building. The two-story Italianate-style structure was built in 1890 on the site of the original Rockville Pike toll booth. Clare Lise Kelly’s Places from the Past called it “a good example of turn-of-the-century rural village commercial architecture.”

United Bank closed its branch in the building in June.

The hearing will be held at 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Anyone who cannot attend may submit comments to the commission by emailing Scott Whipple at scott.whipple@montgomeryplanning.org.

Carr Properties plans to pay to move the building and transfer ownership to the county, said Whipple, supervisor of the county’s Historic Preservation Unit.

The Apex Building will be the location of the planned Bethesda Purple Line station, as well as an office tower and two high-rise residential buildings. The site is one of three in downtown Bethesda that is rumored to be a possible location for Marriott International’s new headquarters. The company is planning to relocate in downtown Bethesda from its Fernwood Road headquarters when its lease ends in 2022.

Because the historic building would be placed on a county Department of Transportation parking lot, MCDOT would be in charge of renting the building, Whipple said.

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