With three major apartment projects, a new restaurant and bar and an expansive stormwater management facility under construction, one of Bethesda’s oldest commercial areas is undergoing a major facelift.
Soon, the 15,000-square foot building with the green siding at 4900 Fairmont Ave. will come down. Montgomery County has issued demolition permits for the property, which Chevy Chase-based developer JBG Cos. plans to build into a 17-story, 250-unit apartment building.
Across the street, construction continues on the 17-story, 200-unit Bainbridge Bethesda property, home of one of two cranes hovering over Woodmont Triangle.
The other is the Gallery of Bethesda (4800 Auburn Ave.), which will include two phases of construction for two apartment towers. The foundation of the first tower, a 235-unit, 17-story apartment, now extends a few floors above street level.
Closer to Wisconsin Avenue, Montgomery County’s 1.3-acre stormwater management pond is coming along near Woodmont Avenue just south of the NIH campus gate. The pond is expected to use landscaping techniques and filtration to capture polluted runoff from 204 acres of downtown Bethesda.
Nearby, utility and prep work continues for the 8300 Wisconsin Ave. apartment project form developer StonebridgeCarras. The 359-unit, 430,000-square-foot building that will include a ground floor Harris Teeter grocery store is still in its beginning stages of construction. Crews continue to dig in the Woodmont Avenue and Battery Lane intersection to place new utility lines.