For months now, there have been plans to replace a three-story food court in Bethesda, Maryland, with a brand new high-rise at 4 Bethesda Metro Center. Bethesda Magazine reports that two scenarios have now been formed for the project, headed by global real estate company Brookfield Property Partners.
One plan entails the 500,000-square-foot high-rise housing retail and up to 600 residential units, or 465,000 square feet of residential space. The other scenario involves both retail and office space, but no residential units. Currently, the site’s zoning allows the building to be up to 290 feet tall.
Bethesda Magazine further reports that a redesigned public space would entail a plaza along Wisconsin Avenue, a retail promenade, and a gallery with seating spaces. There would also be art installations. An alternative option has the central lawn and plaza face Wisconsin Avenue with the building reduced to approximately 300,000 square feet.
• 4 Bethesda Metro Center Sketch Plan [LerchEarlyBrewer]
• Bethesda Metro Center Developer Lays Out Two Scenarios for Plaza Project [Bethesda Magazine]