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110 Units (Including Live/Work) Proposed for Bethesda Midas Site

by Nena Perry-Brown

Rendering of proposed development from Cheltenham Drive. Click to enlarge.

A year and a half ago, Bozzuto Development shared a proposal to replace the Midas auto shop at 4725 Cheltenham Drive (map) with up to 83 residential units. Now, a new team is putting a bolder plan on the table for the same site. 

Last week, Community Three filed sketch and site plan applications for the site, proposing 110 units, including some live-work residences, and nixing the parking where 23 spaces were previously proposed. Overall, the 90 foot-tall building would have 85 market-rate units, 8 live/work units, and 17 moderately-priced dwelling units.

Aerial rendering of proposed development from southwest, with potential massing of CVS redevelopment. Click to enlarge.

Seventy-eight of the units will be junior one-bedrooms, and there will be a few more two-bedrooms than one-bedrooms. In lieu of residential parking, there will be 53 long-term bicycle spaces. As designed by Eric Colbert & Associates, the building materials will primarily be charcoal brick, wood, and glass, and landscape architect Soltesz is proposing plantings where the upper floors are set back. 

Rendering of proposed development from Wisconsin Avenue. Click to enlarge.

The building would also have a 2-3 story base, and in case the adjacent CVS site is redeveloped, there will be a mural along the lower three stories of the west façade. The Montgomery County Development Review Committee will consider the concept in two weeks. Additional renderings are below.

Rendering of proposed development from alley. Click to enlarge.
Rendering of streetscape at entrance to proposed development. Click to enlarge.

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/110-units-including-livework-no-parking-proposed-for-bethesda-midas-site/18866

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