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Lot 31 Bethesda Project Nearing More Major Milestones

By Aaron Kraut

Friday - 7/11/2014, 2:05pm  ET

The Darcy, a 68-unit condo building, overlooking the path for a rebuilt Woodmont Avenue Construction inside The Flats at Lot 31 The Barnes & Noble of Bethesda Row, as seen from inside The Flats construction site The future path of a rebuilt Woodmont Avenue, which officials expect to open by Aug. 22 The new Lot 31 garage, expected to open by the end of 2014 Outside of The Darcy condo building, with the Crescent Plaza Condominium in the background Construction worker on the Lot 31 site Friday Representatives from the developer team and county DOT pose for a photo Friday Barnes & Noble on Bethesda Row Stairway to the new, underground Lot 31 garage Construction on The Flats, a 186-unit apartment building The future space of Silver, the new restaurant from the Silver Diner Woodmont Avenue as seen from the top floor of The Flats Ourisman Honda and the 7001 Arlington Rd. project The Sacks Neighborhood, which abuts the Lot 31 project Across Bethesda Avenue The Flats Courtyard and amenity spaces

After roughly 5,000 truck loads of concrete, 8.6 million pounds of reinforced steel and 1,200 miles of post tension cable, the Lot 31 project in Bethesda is nearing some significant milestones.

On Friday, developers StonebridgeCarras and PN Hoffman, along with general contractor Clark Construction and officials from the Montgomery County Department of Transportation celebrated the topping out of construction on The Flats, the 186-unit apartment building that abuts the Capital Crescent Trail.

Woodmont Avenue between Bethesda Avenue and Leland Street will reopen by Friday, Aug. 22, on the weekend before the first day of the 2014-2015 county school year, said StonebridgeCarras Principal Jane Mahaffie.

The county closed the stretch of road in September 2012 to allow for the construction of the underground garage below.

Mahaffie said the developer and county hope to open that garage by or around Dec. 1. The project includes 970 public parking spaces to be operated by Montgomery County as the new Lot 31. Those spaces will be separated by a gate from the roughly 300 spaces that will be reserved for residents and guests of the apartment and The Darcy condos on the east side of Woodmont Avenue.

Crews excavated 35,000 truck loads of dirt to dig out space for the four-level garage.

StonebridgeCarras Principal Doug Firstenberg said the developer hopes to have the buildings finished by May 2015.

The Flats will include a Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids on the corner of Woodmont and Bethesda Avenues, a Paul Bakery, Chop’t and Silver. The new sit-down dining concept from the Silver Diner will have street seating along Woodmont Avenue.

Along the project’s boundary with the Sacks Neighborhood, there will be a public pedestrian cut-thru to the Capital Crescent Trail and public courtyard.

PassionFish and a yet-to-be leased retail space will go in the first floor of The Darcy, the 64-unit luxury condo building on the east side of Woodmont Avenue.