Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Planning of the Chevy Chase Lake sector's redevelopment is behind schedule, The Gazette reported.
A building adjacent to the proposed Purple Line could be as tall as 150 feet in the redevelopment of the Chevy Chase Lake sector, The Gazette, The Washington Examiner and Bethesda Now reported. In a meeting earlier this month, the Montgomery County Planning Board approved the 150-foot height limit for a building adjacent to the proposed light rail line, provided the rail line is funded, The Gazette reported. The Connecticut Avenue Corridor Commission, which represents many of the municipalities and neighborhoods near Chevy Chase Lake, had requested a 90-foot height limit for that building, The Examiner reported. Still, the county council has the final say on building heights in the Chevy Chase Lake sector, The Gazette added, so some county…
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The commission seeks to nearly double the number of apartment units at its Chevy Chase Lake property.
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Thursday, October 25, 2012
Buildings, trails and roads circle the 68 garden-style units of the Chevy Chase Lake Apartments. A proposed Purple Line station—and a steady increase in the area's population—is projected to increase the area's housing demand. The only way for the complex—which offers one-quarter of its units as affordable housing—to significantly increase its density is to build up, according to the executive director of the Housing Opportunities Commission. The commission has requested that the property of the Chevy Chase Lake Apartments be re-zoned as part of the Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan. The commission wants to increase density because, according to the Maryland State Data Center, the population of Montgomery County is projected to increase by more…
Monday, September 17, 2012
County planning staff presented the planning board with drawings of what the Chevy Chase Lake sector could look like if built up according to staff-recommended densities and heights, or according to property owners' requested densities and heights.
At a Sept. 6 Montgomery County Planning Board work session, county planning staff presented drawings of what the Chevy Chase Lake sector could look like if built up according to staff recommendations for height and density. Planning staff also presented drawings illustrating what the sector could look like if built up according to the heights and densities requested by property owners in the Chevy Chase Lake sector. Property owners—the Chevy Chase Land Company, the Housing Opportunities Commission (which owns the Chevy Chase Lake Apartments), the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the owners of the Newdale Mews Apartments along Newdale Road—all have asked for additional building density and height, according to the staff's work session …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
County planners suggest the Chevy Chase Lake Sector be developed in an architectural style that reinterprets the traditional, red-brick-and-white-trim look of the mid-Atlantic region.
As debates about building heights, density and floor-to-area ratios for the Chevy Chase Lake Sector are resolved, a new question arises: What will the new buildings actually look like? Over a year ago, the buildings sketched out by the Chevy Chase Land Company's architects were vaguely futuristic. One public meeting attendee called the sketches a "brave new world," Patch reported. The land company ended up scrapping those plans, and drew together a new team to re-envision something more low-rise and residential in character, Patch reported. Since then, the only clue as to what the development—which spans Connecticut Avenue between Manor Road and Chevy Chase Lake Drive—might look like has been issued by the county planning department. …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The Montgomery County Planning Board urged county planning staff to consider higher height limits for some portions of the Chevy Chase Lake Sector plan.
Can a middle ground—or, rather, height—be found for the Chevy Chase Lake Sector? That was the question concerning much of the Montgomery County Planning Board’s meeting last week about the Chevy Chase Lake Sector. At the meeting, county planners recommended 1,000 new dwelling units and 1.3 million more square feet than what is currently existing and approved in the Chevy Chase Lake Sector, which spans Connecticut Avenue between Manor Road and Chevy Chase Lake Drive. At the heart of the sector—near the proposed Purple Line station—would be a “town center” similar to Rockville Town Center, Montgomery County Senior Planner Elza Hisel-McCoy said at the meeting on July 16. (View the recommendations online.) County planners recommended that …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
This fall, a Thos. Somerville bath and kitchen showroom will move into the former Lemon Twist location next to Manoli Canoli in Chevy Chase Lake.
The former Lemon Twist spot (8530 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, MD) near Manoli Canoli in Chevy Chase Lake will have a new occupant this fall: a Thos. Somerville bath and kitchen showroom, Bethesda Magazine reported. That space has been "empty for nearly [two years], ever since Lemon Twist shuttered that location and moved into to a much smaller store across Connecticut Avenue," Marty Chase reported for Chevy Chase Patch last summer. Back then, Mark Rittenberg, a principal and one of the three founders of AMR Commercial LLC—the leasing broker for the space in the Lake West Shopping Center (owned by The Chevy Chase Land Company) into which Thos. Somerville will move, said his Bethesda-based firm was in the final stages of negotiations with…
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Montgomery County's planning staff recommends a human scale and pedestrian orientation for the Chevy Chase Lake sector.
County planning staff recommendations for development in the Chevy Chase Lake sector are ready for public review. County planning staff are recommending that the sector—for which property owner Chevy Chase Land Company is planning a development—retain its human scale, and that there be a focus on traditional architecture and pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use development, Montgomery County Senior Planner Elza Hisel-McCoy said at a presentation in Chevy Chase Village last week. The preservation of Coquelin Run, which runs through the sector, is another important part of the development, as is knitting together the shops on the east and west sides of Connecticut Avenue between Jones Bridge Road and Chevy Chase Lake Drive. County planning staff …
Why is the Chevy Chase Lake neighborhood called "Chevy Chase Lake" if there's no lake there?
Chevy Chase Lake is the name of a neighborhood that straddles Connecticut Avenue between Jones Bridge Road and Chevy Chase Lake Drive. Chevy Chase Lake got its name from a lake that was created around the turn of the 20th century when a dam was built at Coquelin Run to supply power for a nearby amusement park located at the end of the Connecticut Avenue streetcar line. Once the depression was in full swing, the amusement park went out of business, and the lake dried up. The name, however, stuck. What else do you know about the history of Chevy Chase Lake? Tell us in the comments!
Thursday, January 13, 2011
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has a video of the meeting on their website.
Miss the first meeting of the Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan? Click here to watch the two-hour meeting with presentations from the Chevy Chase Land Company, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Montgomery County House Opportunities Commission. You can check out an extended interview with Chevy Chase Land Company President David Smith about the potential redevelopment here. The next meeting on the Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan is scheduled for next month, Feb. 2 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Park and Planning Headquarters in Silver Spring. The meeting will focus on visioning presentations from the larger Chevy Chase Lake community. The Montgomery County Planning Department staff will offer their initial recommendation on the plan later this year…
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
David Smith talks about the potential Chevy Chase Lake redevelopment.
Taller residential buildings, an office building, more restaurants, grid streets and maybe a hotel are possibilities for redevelopment inside the beltway in Chevy Chase. Chevy Chase Land Company President David Smith spoke with Patch about preliminary plans for the Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan. The property management and development company is a key developer to the area and spoke about their plan earlier this week at the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. It was the first public hearing for the sector plan. Other major landowners in the area include the Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The development would be on the land company’s properties in the area, …