Report: Bethesda Could Face Parking Deficits if Downtown Area Were Built to Legal Limit

Projected shortages could mystify parking lot-to-parks plan

Bethesda Parking Lot District

Bethesda Parking Lot District

VIA MONTGOMERY COUNTY GOVERNMENT

Downtown Bethesda could humour parking space shortages in a hundreds or even thousands if a area’s expansion reaches a authorised limit, a county consultant concluded.

The Oct news estimated that if a downtown were built to 32.4 million block feet, county-owned parking ability would tumble brief of assembly rise direct by 2,672 to 3,367 spaces.

Factoring in private parking accessible to a open eases a deficits, though a necessity still ranges between 120 and 815 spaces, according to a report conducted for a Montgomery County Department of Transportation.

These scenarios insincere a detriment of 489 parking spaces from converting 4 county-owned lots to parks, an thought that has gained support among village members yearning for some-more immature space.

Bethesda area disciple Katya Marin concurred that a consultant’s parking investigate could emanate hurdles for a parking-to-parks proposal.

“But we don’t consider this indispensably manners it out. we wish that it will meant being artistic with a Circulator, for example, and some other ways to get around,” Marin said, referring to a giveaway open train network.

Council member Hans Riemer, a heading proponent of branch parking lots into parks, pronounced he doesn’t trust a news spells better for a plan. It does meant that a county will have to deposit in choice facilities, he said.

“I’m still examining a study, though my initial end is that we will have to reinstate during slightest a vast apportionment of a parking subterraneous to modify a lots to parks,” he wrote in a summary to a Bethesda Beat.

Building parking underneath a park sites is possible, though it would be costly, pronounced Chris Conklin, MCDOT emissary executive for travel policy. Each subterraneous space costs upwards of $70,000, he said.

The news looked during stream parking direct and deliberate a impact of 4.6 million block feet of due expansion now going by a county examination process. On a list are projects to build a new Marriott International headquarters, reinstate a Apex building during 7272 Wisconsin Ave. and redevelop a quarrel of buildings around a former Fitness First gym during 7900 Wisconsin Ave.

When Marriott moves into a new corporate offices, it also will get disdainful entrance to a 1,100-space open garage on Woodmont Avenue during normal business hours.

Still, underneath that scenario, a downtown area would have an altogether over-abundance in parking, between county-owned and private facilities. Northwest and northeast Bethesda still could face shortages during a busiest hours, according to a report.

Conklin pronounced a projected parking deficits formed on county supply alone and a estimates that embody private parking spaces are significant. The county has full control over a possess facilities, though pricing and open accessibility of private garages are adult to a owner, he said.

Another partial of a consultant’s news estimated a impact of destiny expansion authorised underneath a Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan, a 20-year expansion plan a County Council authorized this year.

Consultants expected that residential and hotel projects would yield on-site private parking that would accommodate their needs, while sell and grill developments would count on open parking. The bureau projects would build some of their possess parking, though also rest on some open facilities, according to a report.

The news looks during 3 scenarios, any with a opposite change of office, retail, residential, grill and hotel development.

It also estimates a impact of creation parks out of lots 25 and 44—on Highland Avenue and West Virginia Avenue, respectively—and lots 10 and 24 on Leland Street. Combined, these lots could allow a village with about 5 acres of new parkland.

Conklin pronounced a news illuminates intensity hurdles for a park space proposal.

“It exacerbates a parking necessity that’s shown here, unless it’s replaced. And replacing a parking will be expensive,” he said.

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

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