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Bainbridge Construction Continues; Two Nearby Businesses Still Shuttered

A 17-story high rise is planned for the lot between St. Elmo Avenue and Fairmont Avenue.

Bainbridge Bethesda, a 17-story high-rise planned for a lot between St. Elmo Avenue and Fairmont Avenue, broke ground just over a year ago in the Woodmont Triangle.

The project – spearheaded by developers the Bainbridge Cos. – is planned to encompass 200 residential units, including 30 moderately-priced units. The former Bethesda Tobacco building that once stood on the site was demolished shortly after groundbreaking.

The project is expected to wrap up in summer of 2013.

The building will include more than 7,000-square-feet of ground floor retail and 200,000-squar- feet of residential space and an underground parking garage with more than 200 parking spots. A pedestrian pass-through with an art concept also is planned for the south side of the building to connect Fairmont and St. Elmo avenues.

Patch contacted the Bainbridge Companies to check on the progress of construction, but we haven't heard back so far. Wednesday, excavation work appeared to still be underway at the site.

We also noticed that next door and dance studio Dansez Dansez remain closed following what was reportedly construction damage from the Bainbridge project.

Leonard Greenberg, founder of the real estate company that owns the building housing Fresh Grill and Dansez Dansez, told Bethesda Magazine in March that it was unsafe to be in the building.

Patch also checked in with Greenberg Wednesday, with no word back so far.

Signs indicate construction damage forced both businesses out of the building. Dansez Densez has relocated to Imagination Stage, according to the signage.

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