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At its October 24 meeting, the Montgomery County Planning Board approved the two redevelopment projects included in the Bethesda Market Sketch Plan. The first approved project is the EYA-Bernstein redevelopment of the site where Villain & Saint was located, the Bethesda Farm Women’s Market site, and surface parking lots 10 and 24. The developers have made several presentations about this project to the Town, most recently on October 3. The second approved project is the Foulger-Pratt redevelopment of the block across the street from the Market where Starbucks and JoS. Banks are located. Mayor Barney Rush testified at the Planning Board hearing, expressing the Town’s support of the EYA-Bernstein project and serious concerns about the proposed Foulger-Pratt project, which does not comply with the Design Guidelines that are a part of the master plan. Both projects must now finalize their designs and obtain approval from the Planning Board for their Site Plans before they can apply for building permits. The EYA-Bernstein project additionally must finalize the public-private partnership for the undergrounding of the surface parking, which will create the area for the new parks. The video of the Planning Board meeting is available here.
On October 3, representatives from EYA , partners with the land owner Bernstein Management Corporation , outlined the current status of redevelopment plans for the Farm Women’s Market and the adjacent parking lots (10 and 24). State Delegate Al Carr and County Council Member Hans Riemer attended the presentation. In addition, representatives of the following elected officials attended the presentation: Congressman Jamie Raskin, State Delegate Jared Solomon, County Executive Marc Elrich, County Council Member Andrew Friedson, and County Council Member Will Jawando.
Redevelopment of this site adjacent to the Town will not only result in a new mixed-use (residential and commercial) building on the property that now houses Villain and Saint, but also will incorporate the adjacent Farm Women’s Market and two Montgomery County parking lots (10 and 24) and result in new park space. Following the October 3 presentation, the Town submitted a letter to the Montgomery County Planning Board expressing support for adoption of the sketch plan for this project. T he presentation slides, a brief summary of the Q& A portion of the event, and the Town’s letter to the Planning Board are available below: