Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Taking out two of Wisconsin Avenue's travel lanes from Western Avenue to the Beltway could add six minutes of travel time on the stretch for motorists by 2040.
Montgomery County planners are recommending that two travel lanes of Wisconsin Avenue (state Route 355) from Western Avenue to the Capital Beltway be re-purposed as dedicated rapid transit bus lanes. Planners say the rapid transit route would draw high ridership, but drivers could see their afternoon rush trips increase by nearly six minutes from Western Avenue to Cedar Lane by 2040. The recommendation is part of a staff draft of a Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan presented to the Montgomery County Planning Board Monday evening. The master plan includes a proposal for a 79-mile bus rapid transit system using 10 routes across the county. The draft will undergo an extensive public hearing process before it’s submitted to …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
12 pedestrian and cyclist collisions have been reported in Montgomery County in 2013.
Just 10 weeks into 2013, Montgomery County Patch websites have reported 12 vehicle collisions involving pedestrians or bicyclists, and several of the collisions have happened in Bethesda. Most recently, a pedestrian was critically injured on Old Georgetown Road Wednesday when he was struck by a car. Tuesday, a pedestrian was struck on Wisconsin Avenue and Chelsea lane, and Feb. 27, a stroller was struck in a crosswalk, dragged six feet and knocked over. The baby's father said it was "pure luck" his three-month-old son was uninjured. In the east county, four pedestrians and one bicyclist have been killed. For a map of pedestrian collisions in Montgomery County, click over to Silver Spring Patch. Several readers are taking to Patch to …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The pedestrian was struck while crossing at Chelsea Lane Tuesday morning in Bethesda.
A pedestrian was struck while crossing Wisconsin Avenue at Chelsea Lane at 7:47 a.m. Tuesday in Bethesda, according to Montgomery County police. Police have not yet released information about the pedestrian's age or gender, but reported that the pedestrian was transported to a local emergency room with non-life threatening injuries. Two other pedestrian collisions also occurred in Montgomery County Tuesday: A Watkins Mill High School student was hit while walking to school, and a car struck a mother and her two children while crossing a parking lot entrance in Gaithersburg. In all cases, the pedestrians were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. These incidents come less than two weeks after a car struck a stroller carrying a …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Headliners include Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Marcus Johnson and the Butch Warren Sextet.
A new blues and jazz music venue on Wisconsin Avenue will soon open its doors, and the club has announced which acts will be the first to take the stage. The Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club is set to open March 1, and the musical groups lined up range from country to jazz to swing. Headliners announced on the club's website include Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Marcus Johnson and the Butch Warren Sextet. The Bethesda Blues and Jazz orchestra is also highlighted on the lineup. Country singer and Potomac native Maggie Rose will headline the club March 8 and 9. Tickets range from $10 for the blues club orchestra and swing nights up to $35 and $40 for bigger name shows like Maggie Rose and Irvin Mayfield. Director of …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The re-developed office building at 7550 Wisconsin Ave. marks Bethesda's first new commerical office property in more than ten years, according to developers.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is set to mark the completion of a newly re-developed office building at 7550 Wisconsin Ave. A "glass-breaking" ceremony in November of 2011 marked the launch of the project at the 120,000 square foot building, spearheaded by Akridge and Rockwood Capital, LLC. According to developers, the space is Bethesda's first new commerical office property in more than 10 years. The building once housed offices of the National Institutes of Health. Developers also are aiming for LEED gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council, which rates environmentally-friendly structures. Read more about the building's green features at Bethesda Green. “In spite of being a sort of model child in terms of mixed use, Bethesda…
The re-developed office building at 7550 Wisconsin Avenue marks Bethesda's first new commerical office property in more than ten years, according to developers.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is set to mark the completion of a newly re-developed office building at 7550 Wisconsin Avenue. A "glass-breaking" ceremony in November of 2011 marked the launch of the project at the 120,000 square foot building, spearheaded by Akridge and Rockwood Capital, LLC. According to developers, the space is Bethesda's first new commerical office property in more than ten years. The building once housed offices of the National Institutes of Health. Developers are also aiming for LEED gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council, which rates environmentally-friendly structures. Read more about the building's green features at Bethesda Green. “In spite of being a sort of model child in terms of mixed use, …
Monday, February 11, 2013
The long-awaited re-incarnation of the Bethesda restaurant is complete, Bethesda Magazine reports.
Wisconsin Avenue mainstay Persimmon has re-opened after a renovation, Bethesda Magazine reports. Chef and owner Damian Salvatore shuttered the restaurant in July to transform the eatery into a "casual, neighborhood bistro" modeled after Wild Tomato, Salvatore's restaurant in Cabin John, according to Bethesda Magazine. The new Persimmon boasts a brighter look and new menu items with lower prices, according to the report, but Salvatore still will serve up his signature pecan-crusted barbecue lamb. Read the full story at Bethesda Magazine's website.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
A Harris Teeter spokeswoman says the grocery chain has signed a lease for a space in the mixed-use development planned for 8300 Wisconsin Ave.
Grocery chain Harris Teeter has finalized a lease for a space in a new mixed-use development project at 8300 Wisconsin Ave., according to a company spokeswoman. Developers StonebridgeCarras are planning a nine-story, mixed-use residential and commercial building at the 1.6-acre site at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Battery Lane, formerly the Trillium property. Developers have said the project will include a partially below-grade grocery store with an entrance planned for a plaza at the corner of Battery and Wisconsin avenues, but Stonebridge principal Jane Mahaffie would not confirm that the grocery tenant is Harris Teeter. "StonebridgeCarras is not prepared to announce anything related to 8300 Wisconsin," Mahaffie wrote in an email …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Many see the proposed hiker-biker path for the east side of Wisconsin Avenue as a pointless project requiring the loss of too many trees. Others see it as a way to increase connectivity between Friendship Heights and Bethesda.
The 8-foot-wide paved path proposed for the east side of Wisconsin Avenue between Friendship Heights and Bethesda elicited both cheers and jeers from a standing-room-only audience that packed the Town of Somerset Town Hall on Monday night. The audience had gathered to hear Maryland State Highway Administration officials and Montgomery County Council Member Roger Berliner speak about the project, which is intended to be a shared-use, hiker-biker path along the so-called Wisconsin Avenue 'Green Mile,' much of which runs alongside the Chevy Chase Club. The path was proposed by some Chevy Chase residents, including some from Chevy Chase Village, many years ago, and has been in the county's master plan for some time. As Wisconsin Avenue is a …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Two of three southbound lanes of Wisconsin Avenue in the Town of Somerset were closed during the morning rush.
Two of three southbound lanes of Wisconsin Avenue (Route 355) at Dorset Avenue were blocked during the morning rush of Thursday, Jan. 3, according to a Montgomery County alert. All three southbound lanes of Wisconsin Avenue were blocked between Dorset and Cumberland avenues during the previous night, starting at approximately 9:30 p.m., Patch observed. The lanes were closed to repair a broken water main, Bethesda Patch reported.