31 Stories, 450 Units: The Latest Plans For One of Bethesda's Tallest New Buildings

  • December 1st 2022

by UrbanTurf Staff

Rendering of 7820 Wisconsin Avenue. Provided by Design Collective.

Plans for what will be one of the tallest residential buildings in downtown Bethesda are moving forward. 

Crescent Communities recently filed plans with Montgomery County for Novel Bethesda, a 31-story, 450-unit residential development at multiple addresses centered around 7820 Wisconsin Avenue (map), currently the site of a 7-Eleven. Crescent Communities is the contract purchaser for the sites and Design Collective is the project architect. 

Rendering of the ground floor and open space. Provided by Design Collective.

As proposed, the project -- bounded by Fairmont Avenue to the north, Wisconsin Avenue to the east, Norfolk Avenue to the south, and Woodmont Avenue to the west -- will have a number of interesting design and amenity elements. The ground floor is designed with a large lobby area, as well as an open public space meant to encourage community gathering. The second and third floors will be home to a fitness center and a terrace overlooking the public space below. 

The 23rd floor may be the centerpiece of the new development, as it includes a clubhouse, an infinity lap pool and a sky deck with sweeping views of the surrounding area. At the top of the building there will be a glass window wall.

Approximately one quarter of the residential units will be moderately-priced dwelling units (MPDUs), exceeding the requirement for new development. The mapped building height of 290 feet for the project can be exceeded as a result of the application of the building height regulations for MPDUs from the Bethesda Overlay Zone.


"If a development exceeds 17.5% MPDUs and is located in the Height Incentive Area, the height limit of the applicable zone does not apply to the extent to provide MPDUs," planning documents stated. "Additional height is calculated as the floor area provided for MPDUs above 15% by the average residential floor plate area. Applying this formula results in an additional 24 feet of building height, for a maximum building height of 314 feet."

The development is scheduled to go before the county's Development Review Committee next week.  

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/31_stories_450_units_the_latest_plans_for_one_of_bethesdas_tallest_new_buil/20369.

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