Save Our Area: Oppose Undue Up-zoning in front of Bethesda Elementary School

Adam Geldhof
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We, the undersigned, oppose the Planning Board’s height and density recommendations for the ZOM Mid-Atlantic and the Garden Plaza Building sites. The Board’s recommended height of 75' for the ZOM property and 175’ height for the Garden Plaza Building go well beyond the Staff’s original recommendations of 40’ and 110’, respectively. The ZOM property and the Garden Plaza Building are both on Arlington Road across from the Bethesda Elementary School.

Arlington North is a transitional edge district. The ZOM property is on the outer edge of the Arlington North district, which is a transitional area between Bethesda’s downtown and the School and its surrounding single-family residential communities. Development on these sites should not overwhelm the existing development across from Arlington Road. We do not oppose reasonable redevelopment. The Staff’s recommendations for these sites are far more in keeping with our vision for our community and we ask the Board to reconsider its recommendations accordingly.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    May 22, 2016
    May 22, 2016
    The area is already over saturated with new construction and the added traffic and crowding this would create will be even more frustrating than the current situation.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    May 16, 2016
    May 16, 2016
    As well as the concerns already mentioned, I would think that property values on the apartments with a green outlook would nose dive due to being overlooked by a building directly opposite.
  • Bill Jasch
    Bill Jasch United States, Frederick
    May 03, 2016
    May 03, 2016
    There's way too much density in this section of Bethesda now. Another tall high-rise encroaching on Arlington Road may encourage others developers to build up to the street - creating a "walled-in" like atmosphere along the already congested road. It would look much better to maintain the current asthetics (decreasing the building heights toward Arlington Road) to better blend with the residential community, school, & library across the street.
  • Ben Wright
    Ben Wright United States, Meriden
    Apr 27, 2016
    Apr 27, 2016
    I live in English Village and oppose the variance the council wants to grant to gain higher density in an area already at its infrastructure limits.
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