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The (Approximately) 1,500 Units Coming to Downtown Bethesda

by Nena Perry-Brown

UrbanTurf is continuing its early 2016 look at residential developments in the planning and construction phases for neighborhoods in the DC area. This week, we cross Western Avenue to see the slew of development on the boards for downtown Bethesda.

If you missed them, here are the other neighborhoods we have covered this year:


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7340 Wisconsin Avenue

This Bainbridge Companies project will replace a former Exxon gas station with a 14-story residential building. The as-yet unnamed tower at 7340 Wisconsin Avenue (map) will have up to 225 apartments, and amenities including a swimming pool and green roof. Bethesda Beat has also noted that there will be a public art display where 600-plus LED lights will “simulate clouds and other weather patterns”. The building is still in pre-construction.


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7900 Wisconsin

JBG Companies has temporarily put their development at 7900 Wisconsin Avenue (map) on hold, which Bethesda blogger Robert Dyer attributes to their search for a development partner. Montgomery County approved the proposal — a 17-story building with 475 apartments and 21,600 square feet of ground-floor retail — back in 2013. An 11,000 square-foot two-level park will also be on the site, with an upper level courtyard appointed with shady trees fronting Wisconsin Avenue. The lower Woodmont Avenue side of the park will feature a turf pyramid, and a paved walkway will facilitate pedestrian flow between the two streets.


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8008 Wisconsin Avenue

The 14-story building set for 8008 Wisconsin Avenue (map) is still in pre-construction, as Toll Brothers purchased the building last month from Douglas Development. (New right-of-way rules stemming from the County’s rapid bus transit plan led Douglas to sell.) Toll Brothers aims to deliver 100 condominium units with underground parking, a fitness center, landscaped roof terrace, and concierge services. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2017, with unit sales as early as winter 2017.


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Cheval Bethesda

The condos at 4990 Fairmont Avenue (map) are a joint venture between Starr Capital and Duball LLC. A 17-story building containing 72 condos is currently under construction, with sales by McWilliams|Ballard beginning this year. There will be around-the-clock concierge services, four stories of above-ground parking, and ground-floor retail. The condos will range from 900-2,800 square feet and are expected to be priced at $900,000-$2.5 million.


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Element 28

Element 28 is a Kettler development expected to open this fall. The 15-story, 101-unit development will be just around the corner from the Bethesda Metro station at 100 Commerce Lane (map). Amenities will include a bike workshop, fitness studio, and a green rooftop. There will also be 4,000 square feet of ground-floor retail.


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Hampden Row

Hampden Row is a 55-unit, Toll Brothers condominium project that is currently under construction and set for an early 2017 delivery. The development at 4912 Hampden Lane (map) will include one- to three-bedrooms ranging in size from 620 to 2,940 square feet, most with oversized windows and either a balcony or a terrace attached. Some planned amenities are a community lounge, as well as a rooftop fitness center and terrace.


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The Lauren

The Lauren is a 29-unit, luxury condo building from 1788 Holdings and Persimmon Capital Partners. The units will be a mix of two- and three-bedrooms with direct access elevators. Some units will also have private roof terraces, wine storage and vented fireplaces. Building amenities will include a theater room, rooftop terrace, fitness center, concierge, private underground parking with a car-lift, guest suites, and a wine lounge. TTR Sotheby’s International Realty has already sold over a third of the units, which are expected to deliver this spring. All of the condos are at least 1,444 square feet, and the 6,000 square-foot penthouse unit at 4802 Montgomery Lane (map) is listed for $10.5 million.


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The Rugby

Donohoe and WDG Architecture are currently acquiring demolition and construction permits for their planned building at 4850 Rugby Avenue (map). When it is completed in 2017, the 16-story building will be a sister property to the Gallery Bethesda, with the two buildings bisected by the pedestrian plaza. The Rugby will have 221 residential units, 14,520 square feet of ground-floor retail, and three levels of underground parking.


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Solaire Bethesda

Developer Washington Property Company expects this 12-story luxury apartment building to deliver its mix of studios to three-bedrooms this summer. The apartments will range in size from 606 to 1,434 square feet, with 21 units set aside as moderately-priced. The new development at 7077 Woodmont Avenue (map) will contain two levels of underground parking, 6,400 square feet of ground-floor retail, and a fitness center and lounge for residents.


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Stonehall Bethesda

Sales at Stonehall Bethesda at Woodmont Avenue and Battery Lane (map) have already begun, and the condos should be ready for move-in this year. The partnership between Duball LLC and Resmark Land and Housing, a division of The Resmark Companies, will furnish 46 units, with two bedrooms starting at $800,000, three bedrooms starting at $1.7 million, and penthouse units starting at $2.3 million. The nine-story building will have a restaurant on the ground floor, and the sales gallery will open on April 15.

Downtown Bethesda Development

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/the_bethesda_development_rundown1/11011

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