Thursday, December 21, 2006
Work is progressing quickly (guess the recent warm spell has been good for gardeners and developers) on the new addition to wildly popular Bethesda Row, the seven-block collection of shops located just off Wisconsin Avenue and south of the Bethesda metro. The new 1.7-acre site extension, which is rising on the former Giant grocery location at the western corner of Bethesda Avenue and Arlington Road, is being built by Federal Realty. The proposed project will include 43,000 sf of new retail and restaurants, and 460 new parking spaces. In addition, there will be 180 “luxury” rental apartments above the shops, in a building dubbed "Upstairs at Bethesda Row," featuring traditional and "loft"-style 1 and 2-bedroom units. One interesting feature of this extension will be the creation of a pedestrians-only "Festival Street" (ok, that name is trying a bit too hard), running parallel to Arlington Road and connecting Bethesda Avenue and Elm Street, allowing more shops to have a "street-front" presence. Completion of this project is expected in Spring 2008.