Bethesda Row

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland. Aging suburban downtown

Ten years ago, this site in Bethesda, Maryland existed as an unremarkable suburban district tailored for automobile traffic. Lined with underused shops, low-rise office buildings and surface parking lots, this seven-block area built between 1945 and 1975 was neither attractive nor particularly financially successful. However, its proximity to downtown Washington, D.C. eventually attracted residents hungry for an urban lifestyle.

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Transect Zone(s): T5 center.
Status: Complete
Guiding Charter Principle(s): Fifteen, Twenty-four, Twenty-seven
Project or Plan's Scale: Block
Features: Mixed uses, Transit oriented development.
Land area (in acres): 13
Project team designers: Cooper Carry
Project team developers: Federal Realty Investment Trust

Previous site status: Greyfield (former commercial)