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Last Chance: Lots 31 and 31A Closing

Beginning tomorrow, bid farewell to the parking lots across from Barnes and Noble.

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.

Air Admiral April 09, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I've been celebrating the delays and dreading the closings. Aside from construction mess (ONLY 30 months? If closing was delayed for months, how long will construction be prolonged???), the added hurdles will mean fewer visits to favorite joints in the whole area. Farewell not only Lots 31 and 31A, but bye-bye to a way of life in that strip.
Barry April 09, 2012 at 06:37 PM
look forward to the mess!
A Taxpayer April 10, 2012 at 02:44 PM
How much are the "Developers" being charged for the use of a public street for the next 20 months? If we stored our equipment on a Montgomery County street I think that we would face fines at the very least. Since we are being taxed for everything from sunshine to the air that we breathe, why not tax the developers for their use of our streets that we have paid for through our taxes?
John April 10, 2012 at 03:37 PM
The article explains that the "Developers" were using the road to build a public garage underground for the county. Maybe your problem isn't with the "Developers" and is actually with the people taxing on "sunshine and air"?

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