Bank Moving To Empty Jewelry Store Space

This building at 7535 Old Georgetown Rd. will come down to make way for a 15-story apartment project The United Bank branch will move to this space, the former Charleston Alexanders jewelry store on Wisconsin Avenue

A local bank branch is moving to an empty jewelry store before its Old Georgetown Road building is torn down to make way for a 15-story, 120-unit apartment building.

The United Bank at 7535 Old Georgetown Rd. is closed and will reopen at the recently vacated space of Charleston Alexander, the jewelry store that retreated to its Falls Church flagship location earlier this year.

The family that owns the jeweler also owns the building (7845 Wisconsin Ave.) a 20,000-square foot structure along Bethesda’s main drag that was built in 2005.

The bank was scheduled to move to the new location on Friday, but that was thrown off by last week’s snow storm.

According to Montgomery County records, a demolition permit for the 7535 Old Georgetown Rd. building was issued in January. McLean, Va.-based developer Kettler got approvals for the project in September.

The project will include a pocket park with a glowing green sculpture meant to replicate falling leaves.

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