Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Bethesda’s The Veneto Project


As readers of dcmud know, when it comes to Bethesda, we have a particular fetish for this part of town (odd, considering none of us even live near it...). Driving recently through the Woodmont Triangle area, we were curious as to the status of one particular project that jumped on our radar about a year or so ago, and then … nothing new was heard. In March 2006, developer Gus Pappas submitted to the Montgomery County Department of Park & Planning plans for The Veneto, to be located at 4901 Cordell Avenue, at the southwestern intersection of Cordell and Norfolk Avenues (the former location of Gallery Neptune). The project, which will curve around and front both Cordell and Norfolk Avenues, is planned to be an eight-story building with two below-ground parking levels (45 spaces), with 4,575 sf of retail and 33,824 sf of total residential space, containing 13 dwelling units. Well, that was over a year ago, and so far things are … status quo, it seems – the project application signs are still on the windows, but no movement has been seen or documented recently with the County. Looking ahead, though, it is easy to see the few blocks south of Norfolk Avenue being busy with construction cranes, with this project, The Monty at 4915-4917 Fairmont and 4914-4918 St. Elmo, and the 4900 Fairmont residential project, among others, all hitting their stride around the same time. As we learn more of The Veneto’s fate, we will pass details along (but you knew that, didn’t you …). To see all that is going on in Bethesda (in both the Woodmont Triangle and Bethesda Row) just click the “Bethesda” tag below.

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