A rendering of how a project along Bethesda Avenue and Arlington Road would look Credit: via Montgomery County Planning Board

The Montgomery County Planning Board on Thursday is expected to approve early plans for a proposal to build a 10-story mixed-use building on Arlington Road in Bethesda.

Approximately 250 apartments would be included in the project at 7070 Arlington Road, including about 44 designated as affordable housing, in alignment with county law. The first floor would include retail and commercial space.

Part of the L-shaped building project would be 70 feet high. At its highest point, it would be 100 feet high, according to project plans submitted to the Planning Board.

The developer, Federal Realty Investment Trust, has pitched “various parking strategies,” including a garage and surface parking, with a total of 242 spaces.

Federal Realty expects to keep much of the retail space intact, but Uncle Julio’s would no longer be there, according to early plans.
In a statement earlier this year, Federal Realty wrote that “we value our relationship with Uncle Julio’s and plan to keep them as a fixture at Bethesda Row for many years to come.”

The project will be considered during a Planning Board meeting on Monday. If it receives early approval as expected, it must still return for additional approval after plans are more refined.


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