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SPEAK OUT: Will New Development Overcrowd Bethesda?

The Washington Examiner reports on resident worries about impact on schools and traffic.

With new developments under construction and many more on the way, Bethesda residents are concerned about additional cars on clogged streets and more students in overcrowded schools, The Washington Examiner reports.

Projects already underway include Lot 31 – two residential towers and a public parking garage at the corner of Bethesda and Woodmont Avenues – and two Woodmont Triangle residential towers, the and

The Lot 31 project will beginning Sept. 4.

A released by the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center indicates 19 more projects that are either approved and pending or under review around downtown Bethesda.

The number of Bethesda families living in apartments and condos is projected to jump from 14,463 to 22,187 by 2040, the Examiner reported, citing county planners.

And more families moving into the new developments will mean more traffic and more students, residents worry.

"We already have gridlock on Bethesda Avenue and the other streets because the streets are not capable of providing enough space for the cars that come to the area," Robert Smythe, head of the Sacks Neighborhood Association, told The Examiner.

Sidewalk closures prompted by the construction may also have a negative impact on businesses, Smythe said.

Are you worried new developments will crowd streets and schools? Or do you think new projects will revitalize the downtown and boost the local economy? Is new development a boon or a bane for Bethesda? Tell us in the comments.

Mike August 30, 2012 at 07:41 PM
As I stated before It seems like every couple years when construction picks up in bethesda, people freak out that bethesda or friendship heights is becoming manhattan. Even though Bethesda isnt even on par with Arlington in terms of development. Whats wrong with commercial construction picking up since the economy is improving. No place stays the same forever.
Don Platt August 30, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Just greed, by county, by developers
Joan MacCartee September 17, 2012 at 05:46 PM
i agree with you. let bethesda stay the nice place it is. there are too many people driving around here already, clogging roads, jaywalking, loitering. why, when somewhere has a reputation for being a pleasant place to live/work/enjoy, is it necessary to then strangle the area until it becomes an unpleasant place? i imagine there are still plenty of condos, shops and restaurants to keep residents and visitors happy and occupied already--without building new ones to clog everything. use what's already available before building more!
tippy taco October 01, 2012 at 08:28 PM
agree with joan, let them sprawl into g-burg

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