Friday, May 22, 2009

Bethesda Row Gets a Workout

As we blog, Virginia-based general contractor LF Jennings Inc. is hard at work on the latest commercial addendum to Federal Realty Investment Trust’s (FRIT) success at Bethesda Row, the Champs Elysees of DC's yuppiedom. This time, they're working on a new, 45,000 square foot Equinox Fitness Club at Woodmont Avenue and Elm Street, across from Austin Grill.

Based on designs by Hickok Cole Architects, the three-story, LEED-certified uber-gym will be constructed out of “steel, brick, veneer and curtainwall,” according to the builder, and feature two levels that will include a basement pool. In keeping with the project’s aspirations of eco-friendliness, current plans call for a green roof that will “retain and filter rain water” for re-use in the development. Though the luxury workout spot will abut the decidedly less dapper Shoppes of Bethesda strip mall on one side, wealthy fitness buffs should be able to get a clear view of Bentley Bethesda from the top.

Work at the site began late last month and is likely to complete in spring 2010. That’s just about the same time that FRIT and the JBG Companies will be readying themselves to break ground on the mixed-use retail/residential towers, tentatively titled Woodmont East, on Bethesda Row’s southern side at Woodmont and Bethesda Avenues – meaning there’s beaucoup development in the works for America’s second most liveable city come the New Year.


Anonymous said...

"Champs Elysees of DC's yuppiedom" - I grew up in Bethesda, and love it, and you're dead right.

Brandon on May 22, 2009, 6:09:00 PM said...

Great line!

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