March-April 2021 | Home & Garden

Building up

A roundup of major development projects in the Bethesda area that are under construction or recently completed

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A project replacing the Apex building in downtown Bethesda includes office space in The Wilson (left) and residences in The Elm, which features two towers (one of the towers is pictured, right). The Wisconsin Avenue development features the highest rooftop pool in Bethesda. Photo by Michael Ventura

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Bethesda

8001 Woodmont

Address: 8001 Woodmont Ave./7900 Wisconsin Ave.
Developer: JBG Smith

This 17-story project was originally approved in 2013 under the previous downtown Bethesda sector plan, but construction was on hold until 2017. Plans initially called for up to 450 apartments, but JBG amended the project in 2020 to instead include 322 larger units. The building will feature a specialty grocer and other retail, and will provide a pedestrian breezeway with mirrored portico connecting Wisconsin and Woodmont avenues. Expected delivery is in early 2021.

This view of downtown Bethesda, including Wisconsin Avenue, taken from the top of the Solaire apartment building shows The Wilson and The Elm (tall buildings, far left), Avocet Tower (with two cranes, right) and Marriott International’s headquarters (in the background with a pair of cranes). Photo by Michael Ventura

Amalyn Bethesda

Address: East of Greentree Road/North of I-495
Developer: Toll Brothers

Consisting of 159 single-family homes and 150 townhomes, this project, which received final approval in 2019, recently got underway with the demolition of four 400-foot-tall, 77-year-old radio towers on the former WMAL site. The sale of the 75-acre property by Cumulus Media to Toll Brothers for $74.1 million was finalized last summer. The project generated legal challenges due to concerns about local traffic congestion, a forest conservation waiver and the amount of development. The project will include a clubhouse for residents and a noise wall adjacent to the Beltway, and is required to dedicate 4.3 acres on the property to Montgomery County Public Schools for a potential school site. Construction is planned to begin in 2021, and is expected to be completed in at least two phases over several years.

Bethesda’s Avocet Tower project, which includes office space and an AC Hotel by Marriott, will have a 40-foot-tall covered rooftop terrace. Photo by Michael Ventura

Avocet Tower

Address: 7373 Wisconsin Ave.
Developer: Stonebridge

Avocet Tower includes 370,000 square feet of office space and a 220-room AC Hotel by Marriott with a conference center. The site is zoned for 250 feet of height, but the 22-story building is allowed to rise to 290 feet with the inclusion of a 40-foot-tall covered rooftop terrace for tenants. There will also be a large street-level public plaza under the building overhang. “Smart windows” with dynamic tinting glass will control heat and glare. In order to develop this property, Stonebridge built a new 2nd District police station on Rugby Avenue prior to demolishing the former police station on the site. Expected delivery for Avocet Tower is late 2021.

The Edge

Address: 4885 Edgemoor Lane
Developer: Equity Residential

The Edge, previously known as the Edgemont at Bethesda II, is a 15-story, 154-unit apartment building that curves along Woodmont Avenue, one block from the Bethesda Metro. The project is connected to the neighboring Edgemont apartment building through an underground garage and ground-level hallway. It will include a new public green space along Edgemoor Lane, replacing surface parking for the Edgemont building. Expected completion for the project is in mid-2021.

Maizon Bethesda

Address: 4900 Moorland Lane
Developers: ZOM Living ; Mitsui Fudosan

The Maizon Bethesda is a six-story, 229-unit building offering one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. The project, which is across from Bethesda Elementary School, spans the block of Arlington Road between Edgemoor and Moorland lanes and will feature a rooftop terrace and pool, and an improved streetscape design with public art in raised alcoves along the facade. Leasing will begin in spring 2021 and expected construction completion is in late 2021.

Construction on Marriott International’s headquarters building and hotel in Bethesda is expected to be completed in 2022. Photo by Michael Ventura

Marriott HQ and Hotel

Address: 7750 Wisconsin Ave.
Developers: Bernstein Cos.; Boston Properties

In 2017, after receiving a $60 million incentives package to remain in Montgomery County, Marriott International announced the relocation of its headquarters from Bethesda’s Fernwood Road to a more urban and transit-accessible site in downtown Bethesda. Marriott is slated to occupy 785,000 square feet of office space in a 22-story, 300-foot-tall building and to operate an adjacent 12-story, 165-foot-tall hotel with 244 rooms, a conference center and a restaurant. The project includes 800 on-site parking spaces. Marriott also will pay the county for the use of a nearby public garage—the largest in downtown Bethesda with 1,200 spaces—during business hours. The hotel is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2022, and the headquarters in the third quarter of 2022.

Marriott International’s headquarters building, seen from East West Highway. Photo by Michael Ventura

Quarry Springs

Address: 8101 River Road
Developer: Wormald

Quarry Springs is at the site of the former Stoneyhurst Quarries, which supplied stones to the D.C. area, including for several landmark buildings. The 13-acre gated development was originally proposed to include 97 luxury condos across four buildings. Two of the buildings and 50 units were completed in 2015 by the developer 1788 Holdings. The remaining project was amended to include 44 four-level townhomes rather than condos and is being completed by Wormald. Community features include a clubhouse, pool and fitness center, and a central green space with a rock garden and waterfall. Sales and delivery of the townhomes are underway, and the project is expected to be finished in 2022.

Marriott International’s 22-story headquarters rises above Tastee Diner in Woodmont Triangle. Photo by Michael Ventura

Westbard Self Storage

Address: 5204 River Road
Developer: Bethesda Self Storage
Partners LLC

This 195,527-square-foot self-storage facility will contain four below-ground and five above-ground levels and a green roof. The project, which began construction last summer, generated controversy because of its location near the Willett Branch stream valley buffer and the future Willett Branch Greenway, as well as a dispute regarding the location of the River Road Moses Cemetery. The developer dedicated the parcel closest to the Willett Branch to Montgomery Parks to become part of the future greenway and also will create a passageway into the new park. Expected completion is in late 2021.

Wild Oak

Address: 5415 Beech Ave. and Wildoak Drive
Developers: Beech Avenue LLC; Wormald

Construction of 17 single-family homes is underway on this formerly vacant and wooded 5.6-acre property, which is inside the Beltway off Beech Avenue in the Pooks Hill neighborhood and near the Bethesda Trolley Trail and the YMCA. Homes will be on approximately 6,000- to 8,000-square-foot lots, and a conservation easement will be placed on about 1.5 acres of the site. The project opened for sales in early 2021 and is expected to be finished in mid-2022.

In downtown Bethesda, a skybridge connects a pair of 28-story apartment buildings called The Elm (left). The landmark project also includes The Wilson (right), a 23-story office building. Photo by Michael Ventura

The Wilson and The Elm

Address: 7272 Wisconsin Ave.
Developer: Carr Properties

Located on the site of the former Apex building, this 290-foot-tall landmark development consists of nearly 1 million square feet across three towers. The Elm features two 28-story residential towers and 456 apartments. The Wilson is a 23-story tower with approximately 350,000 square feet of office space. The project also includes an above- and below-grade parking garage with approximately 700 spaces. The development is on top of the future south entrance to the Bethesda Metro and Purple Line station. The building incorporates a portion of the future Capital Crescent Trail tunnel, a skybridge, and the highest rooftop pool in Bethesda. A Tatte Bakery & Café is slated to open adjacent to the plaza area. Reported commercial tenants at The Wilson include Walker & Dunlop and Fox 5, which is relocating from Washington, D.C. Expected completion is early 2021.


Chevy Chase Lake, a multiphase project, includes apartments, condos and retail. Photo by Michael Ventura

Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase Lake

Address: 8507 Connecticut Ave.
Developers: Chevy Chase Land Co.; Bozzuto

The official groundbreaking for this multi-phase mixed-use project was in 2018, following the start of the nearby Purple Line construction. The first two six- to seven-story buildings under construction in the first phase include The Barrett, with 280 apartments, and the Ritz-Carlton Residences, with 65 condos. The project has approximately 77,000 square feet of retail space (including an anticipated anchor grocery store) and a large landscaped plaza. Phase two construction began in late 2020 and includes The Claude, a 12-story building with 186 apartments and more retail space. Condo sales were slated to begin in early 2021. Completion of the first phase is expected in 2021, and the second phase in early 2023.

Creekside Chevy Chase

Address: Kensington Parkway and Glenmoor Reserve Lane
Developers: Nova Ventures; Haverford Homes

Zoning was changed in 2015 to allow for construction of 16 three- and four-level townhomes with two-car garages, elevators and decks on this approximately 1.5-acre site, the
previous location of four single-family homes. The project is adjacent to the Beltway and Rock Creek Park. Sales and delivery are underway, and project completion is anticipated in early 2022.


Gaithersburg/North Potomac

Aventon Crown

Address: Decoverly Drive and Fields Road
Developer: Aventon Cos.

This seven-story, 386-unit apartment building with studio to three-bedroom units is the second rental property development for the Crown community. The project includes a resort-style pool, fitness center, firepit, and community space with a residents-only podcast studio. The community also features a complimentary shuttle to the Shady Grove Metro. The project is expected to be completed in late 2021.

Bloom Montgomery Village

Address: Former Montgomery Village Golf Club site
Developer: Monument Realty

Monument has broken ground on the first part of this multiphase development on the former Montgomery Village Golf Club site. The project, which has been in the planning process since 2013, eventually will include 494 townhomes, duplexes and single-family homes located throughout the 150-acre site, which also includes the Cabin Branch stream. When complete, 90 acres will be designated for conservation and recreational use. Ryan Homes is building 177 townhomes in the first phase of the project. Sales will begin this summer, and anticipated delivery of the first homes is late 2021.

The Chase at Quince Orchard

Address: 12311 Darnestown Road
Developer: Lennar

This development includes 26 single-family homes and 80 four-story, two-car garage townhomes on 14 acres across from Quince Orchard High School. The project also will provide a 1-acre park on the site. The property was annexed into the city of Gaithersburg in 2016. Delivery and sales are underway, and the anticipated completion is in 2022.

Crown East

Address: Decoverly Drive and Crown Park Avenue
Developer: Crown Farm Owner LLC

This phase of the Crown community includes 320 three- and four-bedroom townhomes, including two-over-two stacked townhomes and 21 four-bedroom single-family homes. Home builders for the Crown East community include Pulte Homes, Craftmark Homes, Michael Harris Homes and Lennar. The project includes access to “The Retreat,” a community clubhouse with numerous amenities, and shuttle service to the Shady Grove Metro. Sales and delivery are underway and completion of this phase is anticipated over the next several years.

Mt. Prospect

Address: Quince Orchard Road and Travilah Road
Developer: Toll Brothers

Located on the former site of the 170-acre Hanson Farm in North Potomac, this master-planned community includes 121 single-family detached homes, 66 single-family attached homes, the dedication of land toward Muddy Branch stream valley park and a new 10-acre local park. Construction began in 2019, sales are underway, and the first homes will be delivered in 2021.


Kensington

Knowles Manor

Address: 3906 Knowles Ave.
Developer: Kensington Manor Senior Housing LLC

This five-story, 94-unit senior living project is a venture between the developer, state and local housing agencies, and Communities Together, a Maryland nonprofit that provides coordinated resident engagement services for various senior, affordable and family communities in the D.C. area. Ninety percent of the units in the building will be reserved for households earning less than 60% of the area’s median income. Amenities will include activity rooms, a wellness center and outdoor gathering spaces. Delivery is anticipated in late 2021.

Modena Reserve at Kensington

Address: 10540 Metropolitan Ave.
Developers: McCaffery Inc.; Solera Senior Living

This five-story, 167,000-square-foot, 135-unit upscale senior living project is the largest development in the town of Kensington in 40 years. The project will include independent living, assisted living and memory care communities, as well as amenities such as restaurants, a courtyard and a therapy gym. It also will incorporate two renovated historic buildings on-site, one of which is slated to house a coffee shop open to the public. The project required a 12-foot sound barrier wall to be erected next to the MARC/CSX train tracks. Delivery is anticipated in mid-2021.

Residences at Knowles Station

Address: Knowles Avenue and Summit Avenue
Developer: Woodside Builders

The Residences at Knowles Station, which broke ground in early 2021, consists of six townhomes with three and four bedrooms, garages and rooftop terraces. The developer is planning an additional six-story multifamily building, The Flats at Knowles Station, with approximately 100 units and retail space located across Knowles Avenue adjacent to the completed Knowles Station retail project. The multifamily phase of the project is currently in the approval process. Anticipated completion of the townhome project is in early 2022.


North Bethesda

Arrowwood

Address: Marinelli Road and Citadel Avenue
Developer: LCOR

This five-story, 294-unit apartment building close to the White Flint Metro is part of a joint venture between the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and the developer, and is part of the larger North Bethesda Town Center complex. Arrowwood replaces what had been a pop-up dog park in the area. The building includes a courtyard, firepit, clubroom and fitness center. The project was completed in late 2020.

Harwood Flats

Address: Nicholson Lane and Huff Court
Developers: Promark Partners; Foulger-Pratt

Demolition of an aging office and medical building next to the White Flint Mall property began in late 2020 to provide space for this six-story, 335-unit apartment building, which is part of a two-phase development that ultimately will feature up to 614 residential units. The project, which was formerly known as East Village, is on about 5 acres within a half-mile of the White Flint Metro. Originally expected to break ground in 2017, it was on hold until recently. The developer amended the project in 2019 in order to deliver more two- and three-bedroom apartments, to convert parking from below grade to aboveground, and to manage rising construction costs. Anticipated completion is in late 2022.

North Quarter

Address: 5120 Longstone Way
Developer: Tri Pointe Homes

With 104 three- and four-bedroom townhomes, this project just off Randolph Road next to Loehmann’s Plaza is about 1 mile from the White Flint Metro. All townhomes feature two-car garages, and some include rooftop terraces. Sales and delivery are underway, with project completion expected in early 2022.

The Townes at Grosvenor Place

Address: 10296 Grosvenor Place
Developer: Madison Homes

After receiving site plan approval in 2015, construction has begun on these 46 three- and four-bedroom townhomes with two-car garages, roof terraces and optional elevators. The project is in the Grosvenor Park subdivision on a formerly forested site next to the I-270 east spur; a new sound wall will be constructed to mitigate potential noise. Sales and delivery are underway, and anticipated completion is in late 2022.


Potomac

Cabin John Village

Address: 7825 Tuckerman Lane
Developer: EYA

EYA is building 48 townhomes with three and four bedrooms as part of the extensive Cabin John Village redevelopment, which also includes recent shopping center renovations and retail additions by Edens, the commercial property owner. The townhomes have two-car garages and private rooftop indoor/outdoor living areas. The project is next to Cabin John Regional Park and includes a new trail system and access points to the park. Sales and delivery are underway, with completion slated for late 2022.


Rockville

Ansel Apartments

Address: 45 Monroe St.
Developers: Duball LLC; Daiwa House Group; Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC)

Ansel is an 18-story mixed-use joint development project that includes 250 market-rate apartment units owned by affiliates of Duball LLC and Daiwa House Group, 150 affordable senior housing units owned by HOC, multiple amenity spaces, 19,000 square feet of retail and 600 parking spaces. It is located on a 1.5-acre site in Rockville Town Center that was previously a surface parking lot. The project broke ground in 2019, and completion is expected in late 2021.

Chapman Row at Twinbrook Metro

Address: 1904 Chapman Ave.
Developer: Tri Pointe Homes

This project was initially approved for 600-plus apartments, but plans were amended in 2015 to replace one of the proposed multifamily buildings with 61 four-story townhomes. The 317-unit, six-story Escher apartment building phase of this project by developer 1900 Chapman Project Owner LLC was completed in 2018. The project is within walking distance of the Twinbrook Metro and includes a pool and courtyard. The townhome project by Tri Pointe Homes was reported to be close to sold out as of early 2021 and construction is expected to be finished in 2021.

Glenmere at The Village at Rockville

Address: 9701 Veirs Drive
Developer: The Village at Rockville

This four-story senior housing project is part of The Village at Rockville, a not-for-profit organization that operates a continuing care retirement community in Rockville. It includes 130 one- and two-bedroom independent living senior apartments, underground parking, guest suites, an aquatic center, a clubroom and several dining options. Glenmere was completed and opened in early 2021.

Kanso Twinbrook

Address: 12503 Ardennes Ave.
Developer: AvalonBay Communities

Initially proposed in 2009, this four-story, 238-apartment project is less than a half-mile from the Twinbrook Metro. The building includes studio through three-bedroom units and is designed around an interior above-grade parking garage for residents. The building is marketed as a tech-forward automated community with limited on-site staff and amenities, resulting in value priced rental apartments offering “access without excess.” Construction was completed in early 2021, and delivery is underway.

King Farm Townhomes

Address: King Farm Boulevard and Piccard Drive
Developers: King Farm Associates LLC; Pulte Homes

This King Farm site includes 53 four-story townhomes with garages that are under construction and at delivery. The townhomes are replacing surface parking lots and a vacant area. According to a Pulte representative, townhomes in this phase are sold out. Additional King Farm townhome projects nearby are in the site plan approval process.

Parc Redland

Address: 17217 Redland Road
Developer: Universal Communities

Parc Redland includes 19 three-story, two-car garage townhomes with up to four bedrooms or double master suites. The project, across from Redland Park and less than 2 miles from the Shady Grove Metro, is Montgomery County’s first “Design for Life” community, intended to be inclusive and accessible for residents at different ages and stages of life. All of the homes offer universal design features such as no-step entries, smart controls, customizable cabinets and oversize elevators and garage doors. Homebuyers are eligible for property tax incentives through the county’s “Design for Life” program. Delivery and sales are underway, and completion of the project is expected in 2022.

The Seneca Rockville

Address: 55 W. Gude Drive
Developer: Silverstone Senior Living

This six-story development features 146 senior living apartments, including assisted living and memory care units. The project differs from some traditional assisted living communities in that it is all rental and there is no entry fee for the units. Amenities include a fitness center, an art studio, massage services, a salon and dining rooms. Completion of the project is expected in mid-2021.

Tower Oaks

Address: Preserve Parkway
Developers: EYA; Pulte Homes

This 40-plus-acre site, which previously was zoned for office use, is bordered by a woodland preserve. The project will feature 217 three- to five-bedroom garage townhomes developed by EYA, along with 128 two-bedroom elevator condos with underground parking across four five-story buildings, and 30 three- to five-bedroom, two-car garage single-family homes developed by Pulte. Central to the project is “The Core,” a large community space with a clubhouse, fitness center, outdoor pool, play area and neighborhood cafe. Construction began in 2019, sales and delivery are underway, and project completion is expected in late 2023.

Westside at Shady Grove

Address: Shady Grove Road and Crabbs Branch Way
Developers: EYA; Stanley Martin Homes; Lennar

The latest phase of this formerly industrial 45-acre site, within walking distance of the Shady Grove Metro, broke ground in 2020. After acquiring several parcels from owner and developer EYA, Stanley Martin is building 100 two- and three-bedroom two-over-two condos and 80 three- and four-bedroom townhomes, and Lennar plans to build 178 townhomes. The project also includes a community clubhouse with a pool and a dog park. In addition, in early 2021 EYA is starting construction on a six-story, 268-unit apartment building that will include 20,000 square feet of retail and a 7,000-square-foot Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission office. Sales and delivery of the townhomes are underway, and completion of the apartment building is expected in late 2023.


Silver Spring

8787 Georgia

Address: 8787 Georgia Ave.
Developers: Bozzuto; Stonebridge

Located on the former site of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) headquarters and an adjacent county parking lot, this project will include two six- and seven-story buildings with 375 apartments (including nine townhouse-style units along Spring Street), underground parking, a pedestrian and bike connection, and retail space anchored by MOM’s Organic Market. Wood from the black walnut trees that were removed for the redevelopment of the site will be made into furniture for the new M-NCPPC headquarters in Wheaton. Demolition is expected in early 2021, with an anticipated project completion in 2023.

Artspace/The Towns on Grove

Address: 801 Sligo Ave. and Grove Street
Developers: Artspace Projects Inc.; Bozzuto

Artspace Projects, in conjunction with a number of development and funding partners, including the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, is developing the former 3rd District police station and adjacent land on Sligo Avenue into a unique project for the area. Plans include a four-story building with 68 affordable live/work residential units, 11 two-car garage townhomes with three and four bedrooms (including four workforce housing townhomes and seven market-rate townhomes), 30 affordable artist studios, and an outdoor art display area. Leasing and sales are underway and project completion is expected in mid-2021.

Atelier

Address: 2511 Glenallen Ave.
Developers: Elion Partners; Buchanan Partners

Atelier is a four-story, 254-unit, HUD-financed apartment building next to the Glenmont Metro. It is the first new apartment building to be built in decades in the Glenmont area. The project offers a connected five-story parking garage, clubroom, fitness center, rooftop deck, courtyard with pool, and other amenities. Expected completion is in early 2021.

Elan

Address: 700 Roeder Road
Developers: Kadida Development Group; SGA Cos.

This project is converting an aging office building in a central walkable location in downtown Silver Spring into 35 condominiums—five studio, 25 one-bedroom and five two-bedroom units. The building will include a lobby with package service and co-working spaces. It is the only condo project currently under construction in downtown Silver Spring. Sales were slated to begin in early 2021 and anticipated project completion is also in 2021.

Elizabeth Square

Address: 1424 Fenwick Lane
Developers: Lee Development Group; Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC)

Elizabeth Square is a nearly 1 million-square-foot multiphase redevelopment and renovation project across three buildings. It is on a block adjacent to the MARC/CSX tracks and two blocks from the Silver Spring Metro. The project is a public-private partnership between Lee Development Group and HOC, and eventually will deliver more than 900 units, including new and renovated apartments, mixed-income housing for senior residents, 25% moderately priced dwelling units and 10% workforce housing units or other approved affordable housing. The first phase of the project includes the new 16-story, 267-unit Elizabeth House III building and the 120,000-square-foot South County Regional Recreation and Aquatic Center, with an Olympic-size pool, a full-size gym, dance studios, a culinary arts kitchen and a segment of the future Capital Crescent Trail. The second phase includes construction of the 23-story, 334-unit Elizabeth House IV building, and the third phase will be the renovation of the existing 16-story Alexander House apartment building with 305 units. Anticipated completion of the first phase of the project is in late 2022.

Solaire 8200 Dixon

Address: 8200 Dixon Ave.
Developer: Washington Property Co.

This 26-story, 550,000-square-foot building will be the tallest in Silver Spring when it tops out at 270 feet. It will include 403 apartments (75% of which will be one-bedroom or junior one-bedroom units), four levels of above-grade parking, and amenity spaces. A 15,000-square-foot food hall, which would be the first of its kind in Silver Spring, is planned for the ground floor. The project is located on the former site of Progress Place. The developer built a new Progress Place building, which also includes Shepherd’s Table, Interfaith Works and MobileMed, at 8106 Georgia Ave. through a public-private partnership with the county. Expected completion of Solaire 8200 Dixon is in early 2023.