Westbard Developer Abandons Original Plan for Westwood Shopping Center

Regency Centers Corp. to benefaction scaled-down devise offer during Jan. 31 meeting

Rendering shows Equity One's strange devise for a Westwood Shopping Center.

Rendering shows Equity One’s strange devise for a Westwood Shopping Center.

Credit: Equity One.

The developer of Westwood Shopping Center has scrapped an initial devise devise and is scheming a new offer for overhauling a Westbard property.

The changes seem to have dramatically scaled down a redevelopment plan, shortening a sum block footage from 1.8 million to roughly 820,000 block feet. A open notice for a Jan. 31 village assembly states that a new offer will embody adult to 108 townhomes and 420 multi-family units.

Representatives of a developer, Regency Centers Corp., progressing this month withdrew a strange blueprint devise for a Bethesda properties on a easterly and west sides of Westbard Avenue, only south of Ridgefield Road.

Equity One, a association that submitted a initial blueprint devise for a selling center, has given been acquired by Regency in a partnership finalized final March. In a Jan. 16 letter to a Montgomery County Planning Department, Regency’s profession gave small reason of a company’s preference to revoke a formerly authorized blueprint plan. The attorney, Erin Girard, wrote simply that a developer had “determined this capitulation is no longer in a best interests and is therefore seeking a grave abandonment.”

The blueprint devise authorized final Feb had met with a groundswell of village opposition, focused on concerns over a intensity intrusion of a ancestral African-American tomb and a weight on internal roads and schools. The devise called for residential, sell and blurb development, a rebuilt selling core and a 120-foot high-rise.

Patricia Kolesar, a Westbard village activist, pronounced even nonetheless Regency has deserted a strange growth design, she’s not nonetheless prepared to celebrate.

“I consider people are fervent to speak to [Regency],” she said. “People wish to get in a room with them.”

Kolesar pronounced she and other residents aren’t against to growth and are fervent for a mutation during a aging Westwood Shopping Center, anchored by a Giant grocery store.

A Regency mouthpiece declined to fact a updated growth plans, observant a association wants to benefaction a full design during a arriving village meeting.

The village assembly on a revised offer is scheduled to run from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 31 during Westland Middle School in Bethesda.

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

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