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Goodbye United Bank, Hello Bethesda High-Rise Element 28


United Bank was never the hotspot of downtown Bethesda, but its stone cylindrical pillars at the exterior were at least a change of pace, architecturally, from the rest of the buildings surrounding the metro. Well, the bank has relocated, the building's demolition will move forward and Kettler Development will bring 101 apartments within walking distance of the popular Red Line station with the interminably long escalator. As for the architecture of this new building, the renderings show two different colors of prominent exterior materials and no shortage of glass. Expect that construction to start over the summer.

Although living on the corner of this already busy intersection of Old Georgetown Road and Commerce Lane sounds potentially frustrating, the new residents of this building, called Element 28, will have a rather unique amenity package. Yes, green rooftops are starting to be de rigeur for LEED Silver buildings and plenty of luxury condo buildings have fitness centers and private outdoor terraces. Still, not many can boast a bicycle workshop or a wine cellar. Check out the renderings that Kettler has made available in the gallery.

7535 Old Georgetown Road: New Images of Kettler 15-Story Luxury Building At Commerce Lane [Robert Dyer @ Bethesda Row]