Real Estate & Hospitality

Church To Be Demolished For Bethesda Residential Project; Resident And Planning Chief Feud

MBS Staff

image: 8015 Old Georgetown Road. Sk&I Architecture of Bethesda. JLB Realty.

Another residential building was approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board, this time on the edges of downtown Bethesda along Old Georgetown Road.

JLB Realty received approval to move forward with its project preliminary named 8015 Old Georgetown Road. Located at the intersection of one of Bethesda’s major arteries and Glenbrook road, the expected-to-be apartment building would contain 297 residential units in a total of 316,500 square feet.

The height of the building would reach up to 90’ feet along Old Georgetown Road then step down to 35 ’ feet as it approaches the single-family detached homes along Glenbrook Road. The building was designed by SK& I architecture of Bethesda

But there would be no retail as part of the project even though its frontage would line busy Old Georgetown Road.

The Christ Lutheran Church as well as some detached homes would be demolished to make way for the new building. A representative of the Christ Lutheran Church gave their blessings for the project, pleading for Planning Board approval due to the Church’s difficulty to continue the congregation’s mission and existence.

Residents who live next to the property expressed concern over vehicular lighting, traffic on Glenbrook Road, and building set backs.

Towards the end of the project meeting, a resident making a public testimony proclaimed his dissatisfaction with the meeting process, stating that his questions were not answered by neither the applicant or the Planning board. The Planning Chief Casey Anderson (trying to move onto the next agenda item), tried to negate the situation but instead a battle of words ensued between the two. While Anderson noted that the resident was simply dissatisfied with the answers he received, the resident insisted over and over that his questions were not answered but ignored and dismissed, calling for the incident to go on record.

The Christ Lutheran Church as well as some detached homes would be demolished to make way for the new building. A representative of the Christ Lutheran Church gave their blessings for the project, pleading for Planning Board approval due to the Church’s difficulty to continue the congregation’s mission and existence.

Residents who live next to the property expressed concern over vehicular lighting, traffic on Glenbrook Road, and building set backs.

Towards the end of the project meeting, a resident making a public testimony proclaimed his dissatisfaction with the meeting process, stating that his questions were not answered by neither the applicant or the Planning board. The Planning Chief Casey Anderson (trying to move onto the next agenda item), tried to negate the situation but instead a battle of words ensued between the two. While Anderson noted that the resident was simply dissatisfied with the answers he received, the resident insisted over and over that his questions were not answered but ignored and dismissed, calling for the incident to go on record.