After it's finally happening -- parking lots 31 and 31A, at the corner of Bethesda and Woodmont Avenues, will close for about 30 months beginning Tuesday to allow for the construction of a major public parking garage.
The project is a public-private partnership between the county and developers StonebridgeCarras and PN Hoffman, who are also planning on either side of Woodmont, with 250 units and ground-floor retail.
The two surface parking lots, with 279 spots, are popular among shoppers, diners, and users of the nearby When complete, the garage will feature 940 public parking spaces.
The construction project will also mean the 20-month closure of a portion of Woodmont Avenue, between Bethesda Avenue and Miller Avenue. The Woodmont closure is expected 60 days following the groundbreaking, though the Capital Crescent Trail will remain open throughout construction.
So, Bethesda, today is your last chance to park in the surface lots across from Barnes and Noble. For more information on where to park during Lot 31 construction, visit the Bethesda Urban Partnership's website.
How do you think the closure of Lots 31 and 31A will impact Bethesda? How will it affect you? Where will you park during the construction? Tell us in the comments.