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Bethesda’s Building Boom, A Year Later

By Aaron Kraut

Wednesday - 4/16/2014, 11:30am  ET

Last year around this time, we took a look at the many construction projects going on around downtown Bethesda.

A year later, a few of those projects are done or near completion. Some have made significant progress, but still have a ways to go. Others broke ground and still more are scheduled to start.

Here’s a quick reference guide of some of the major construction projects in Bethesda, as of April 2014.

The Gallery of Bethesda, Rugby Avenue

Gallery of Bethesda construction in March 2013 July 2013, construction of The Gallery Bethesda apartments in Woodmont Triangle The completed Gallery of Bethesda in early 2014

The first of two buildings in Donohoe’s Gallery of Bethesda project was completed earlier this year. The 17-story, 235-unit apartment bills itself as the tallest building in Bethesda and has begun move-ins. A 16-story, 221-unit companion building is planned for next door, though ground hasn’t been broken on that project.

Bainbridge Bethesda, Fairmont and St Elmo Avenues

March 2013 construction at the Bainbridge Bethesda project, a 17-story apartment in Woodmont Triangle Bainbridge Bethesda April 2014 April 2014 Bainbridge Bethesda

This 17-story, 200-unit apartment building isn’t completely finished. Demolition of older buildings and excavation work began in August 2011, but controversy soon followed.

The building is expect to be completed later this year, possibly this summer.

Lot 31, Bethesda and Woodmont Avenues

 April 2014 Lot 31 construction

This multi-faceted project meant closing Woodmont Avenue south of Bethesda Avenue in September 2012. When the underground garage — a 940-space facility to be operated by Montgomery County — is done, the road will reopen. That’s expected later this year.

On top of that will go a 64-unit luxury condominium building (The Darcy) and a 186-unit apartment building (The Flats) from developer StonebridgeCarras.

The developer has begun announcing some of its main ground-floor tenants, a group to be led by a new Silver Diner restaurant concept and upscale seafood outfit PassionFish.

8300 Wisconsin Avenue

October 2012, 8300 Wisconsin Ave August 2013, 8300 Wisconsin Avenue, via StonebridgeCarras December 2013 at 8300 Wisconsin Avenue, via StonebridgeCarras

The future home of a Harris Teeter grocery store and 360 residential units started excavation last year. Projected completion is spring or summer of 2015.

4500 East-West Highway 

The first new office building built in downtown Bethesda in more than a decade is expected to finish up later in 2014.

7001 Arlington Road

March 2013 at the 7100 Arlington Road project April 2014 at the 7100 Arlington Road project April 2014 at the 7100 Arlington Road project

This five-story, 145-unit apartment building on the former site of the U.S. Post Office on Arlington Road backs up to the Capital Crescent Trail. That will surely be a draw for residents.

The post office building was demolished in March 2013.

April construction at the 7770 Norfolk Avenue project7770 Norfolk Avenue

Across Fairmont Avenue from Bainbridge Bethesda is developer JBG’s 17-story, 250-unit apartment building, formerly known as 4900 Fairmont. JBG broke ground in October 2013.

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