County Planners Approve Initial Plans for Residential Tower on Wisconsin Avenue

Project would beget some-more than 100 affordable housing units, some sell space

A blueprint of a projects during 7900 Wisconsin, during left, and 8008 Wisconsin, during right. The red lines in a center surveying a space for a 8000 Wisconsin project.

A blueprint of a projects during 7900 Wisconsin, during left, and 8008 Wisconsin, during right. The red lines in a center surveying a space for a 8000 Wisconsin project.

VIA MONTGOMERY COUNTY PLANNING BOARD

Montgomery County planners final week changed brazen a devise to build a 199-foot building that could mount between dual other vast redevelopments in downtown Bethesda.

Officials and a deputy of a developer, Aksoylu Properties, during a Thursday assembly discussed a hurdles of conceptualizing a residential high-rise subsequent to a adjacent projects on Wisconsin Avenue, south of Cordell Avenue. 

But Bob Dalrymple, a land use profession representing Aksoylu, pronounced he views a 8000 Wisconsin Ave. site as an event to move cohesiveness to a contingent of projects.

“I consider a event here is to demeanour during a retard as a whole and try to make it demeanour like it was all designed to occur this way,” he said.

On one side of a skill is 7900 Wisconsin Ave., where a 17-story unit formidable is underneath construction by JBG Smith. On a other side is a skill that Toll Bros. wants to redevelop with a condominium building.

Residents and members of a pattern advisory panel—made adult of architects representing several interests—have lifted concerns about a altogether outcome combined by a 3 adjoining projects. Dalrymple pronounced a growth group will brainstorm with formulation staff on how to yield “some light and atmosphere for a balconies and a windows to a devise to a south, 7900.”

Casey Anderson, who chairs a Montgomery County Planning Board, pronounced clever pattern is critical given “you don’t wish a whole retard to demeanour like a plain wall.”

The offer for 8000 Wisconsin Ave. calls for adult to 430,000 block feet of development, including about 441 units of housing and 20,000 block feet of sell space. The property’s zoning caps building tallness during 175 feet, though a developer can surpass this extent by going above and over a affordable housing requirement. Developers in downtown Bethesda contingency dedicate during slightest 15 percent of their residential units to tolerably labelled housing, though Aksoylu’s devise calls for installation a entertain of a units as affordable.

Planning staff pronounced village members have also asked questions about a detriment of open parking given a redevelopment skeleton cover a county-owned aspect lot. Dalrymple pronounced a county did not wish open parking enclosed in a project, and formulation staff pronounced a growth offer supports a idea of constraining parking in a downtown area.

The Planning Board voted unanimously to approve a blueprint devise for a 8000 Wisconsin Ave. project.

Bethany Rodgers can be reached during bethany.rodgers@bethesdamagazine.com.

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