Wednesday, August 16, 2017
As I previously reported, Addie's Mussels and Addie's Rolls are back on the menu, along with a customizable Seafood Tower with a broad array of selections from ponzo marinated uni to old standbys like Addie's premium raw oysters.
Addie's will take reservations, and serve dinner seven nights a week, brunch on weekends and lunch every weekday.
If you look closely at the photos, you can see the truck-size wheels beneath the two halves of the store, which were separated last week. Expert House Movers is the contractor moving the structure. The front of the store is currently sitting on a dolly in the driveway of the Apex Building.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
The buses are a lite version of BRT, with similar features like low-floor boarding, 10-minute peak rush hour headways, and free Wi-Fi, but will not take travel lanes along Rockville Pike from cars (as BRT will). Ride On Extra buses will also have traffic signal priority, but the County has never addressed how that random impact on traffic signals will affect the synchronization of lights up and down the Pike. It could cause major rush hour delays on an already-jammed road.
There's no mention of how much the month of free service will cost taxpayers, either. Ride On Extra stops will include Lakeforest Transit Center, Summit Ave., Westland Dr., Shady Grove Metro, Montgomery College, Rockville Metro, Edmonston Dr., Halpine Rd., Marinelli Rd., Security Ln., Tuckerman Ln., and Medical Center. There will be new bus shelters and bus stop flag signs to identify Ride On Extra bus stops.
The StonebridgeCarras project will include a 135,000 SF hotel and meeting space, up to 400,000 SF of office space, underground and above-grade parking, and unspecified "public and private amenities." It includes properties at 7359 Wisconsin Avenue, 7351 Wisconsin Avenue, 4630 Montgomery Avenue.
Despite the County's moribund private sector economy, tourist demand remains high for hotel rooms, according to a representative for the Marriott Corporation at last week's public meeting on the their new downtown Bethesda hotel and headquarters. He stated that the downtown Bethesda Hilton Garden Inn is always booked solid.
Monday, August 14, 2017
Finally, here's a brief look at Cookie Dough & Co., the new, safe-to-eat cookie dough kiosk that just opened at the mall:
Sunday, August 13, 2017
In addition, four units will receive additions to make them ADA-compliant, and two homes will be outfitted for visually and hearing-impaired residents. Scotland was founded in 1880 by a freed slave named William Dove, when he purchased 36.25 acres for $210.
Scotland survived through both the initiative of many of its residents, and intervention by Montgomery County, during the 1960s. They faced the same shady real estate practices that cheated landowners in the African-American community on River Road near Westbard out of their homes in the mid-twentieth century. In both cases, what had once been undesirable land became among the most valuable in the County, attracting real estate vultures to prey on the disadvantaged homeowners.
It is interesting that the County did not similarly intervene in the erasure of the River Road community. Clearly there was a reason for the disparity, which needs to be researched and revealed.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Friday, August 11, 2017
Woodmont Grill scuttles plan
to acquire Tastee Diner corner
Marriott Corporation and landowner Bernstein Companies are moving quickly to develop the new Marriott headquarters and hotel in downtown Bethesda, with groundbreaking now expected to take place in the third quarter of 2018. "We're excited to locate our new headquarters and flagship hotel in downtown Bethesda," Jim Young of Marriott said at a community meeting last night. Among the breaking news was that the reported agreement with Tastee Diner to sell their corner property to Bernstein now cannot be realized, because they were unable to also obtain the Woodmont Grill property. "The train has left the station," a Bernstein representative said of the potential assembly of that corner of the block.
Woodmont Grill can stay, but they will lose their private parking lot to the Marriott project, as the lot is also owned by Bernstein, which has owned 7750 Wisconsin Avenue for about 40 years. Boston Properties is now a co-owner of the property. The design will include a public plaza and cross-block pedestrian connection between Wisconsin and Woodmont Avenue. Architecture firm Gensler said the project is a great opportunity to create a "set piece of urban design."
|Aerial view of plaza|
|Plaza looking east|
|View from Woodmont Avenue|
at Cordell Avenue
|View from Bethesda Metro|
|View from Norfolk Avenue|
|Green roof plan|
Attorney Bob Dalrymple said a concept plan for the project was filed for technical comments, and for a head start on design. He said Marriott and its partners intend to file the sketch, preliminary, and site plans together soon, and be before the Planning Board with all of those by the end of 2017. Last night was a required pre-submission meeting for those plans.
Dalrymple said he expects a hearing before the Planning Board in mid-December, and to have approvals by the end of the year.
|View from Veterans Park|
|View from Lionsgate condos|
|Illustrative site plan|
|Stormwater management plan|
|Properties assembled for the|
Marriott project outlined in red