Monday, October 18, 2021
Friday, October 8, 2021
I took a walk by the Auburn Professional Building this morning to see how the demolition is going.
They were hard at work today demolishing the Auburn Professional building. As the giant claw tore at the building and piled the metal away from other debris, a construction worker kept up a spray of water to keep dust down. The Huntington Learning Center building (formerly Maryland Radio) is completely gone, the only trace that something was there is the concrete ramp leading to where the loading dock was.
The back of the Auburn Professioanl building. Demolition has started on the far side of it. The Huntington Learning center building is already demolished, it used to block the view of the red brick building you can see in the distance.
Friday, October 1, 2021
The demolition of the Auburn Professional Building and Huntington Learning center building has begun. They started at the rear of the Huntington Learning Center building, you can see the back quarter of the building has been knocked down.
The front of the building has a fence close up to the wall of the building.
The fencing continues down the block and goes around the Huntington Learning Center building. Demolition has started in the back of this building.
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Here's how this part of the parking lot looked earlier this year with the portables still in place.
You can tell exactly where the portables were because the blacktop has square patches where the classrooms were anchored down.
The new sign is now (mostly) done, proudly proclaiming the name of the school. The black rectangle should get an LED variable message sign at some point in the future.
Here's the new classroom wing. The building is ready but there is still work that needs to be done on landscaping, water retention, and paving. Even though the parking lot has been striped, it has not been paved to be even to the curp bottom, another layer of blacktop is still to be added.
I understand that they might not want water going into the water retention areas yet since they are not complete, but it seems like an overkill and more permenant than needed to brick the drainage cuts up.
Friday, September 3, 2021
Wednesday the remnants of Hurricane Ida came through the Bethesda area and left a lot of water. I have been tracking the forecasts for the Potomac River and it was projected to peak this morning. I went to Great Falls today to take a look, here are some comparisons for how it looks today and how it looks in slightly more normal times.
Great Falls on the Potomac River as seen from the Olmsted Island overlook. This photo was taken in July of 2020, the water is a little bit higher than normal for mid summer.
Great Falls on the Potomac River as seen from the Olmsted Island overlook. This photo was taken this morning. Compare it to the photo above that was taken last year, All the rocks seen in that photo are submerged, only a few small trees on them poke above the water on the left side of the photo.
From Olmsted Island overlook looking across the Potomac River to the Virginia side. This photo was taken in April of 2021, the water in the spring is usually higher than in the summer. On the far shore you can see the Virginia overlooks, and in the middle of the picture you can see a large tree trunk wedged between the rocks well above the waterline.
Sunday, August 29, 2021
Saturday, July 31, 2021
One standing and one fallen concrete monoliths with construction equipment in the background. As far as I can tell, they are not full of stars. They are the footings for one of the radio transmitter towers that used to be located at this site, most of each of them was buried under the ground with only the top couple of feet exposed.
A number of pieces of construction equipment parked in the field near Greyswood Road. In the foreground is a large concrete monolith that was one of the footings for the now-removed radio transmitter towers.
Friday, July 23, 2021
The long-vacant Ourisman car dealersship on Motor City Drive up by the Home Depot and Montgomery Mall has finally been demolished. The plan is to put apartments on this site. The building is fully down and there are just a few bits of metal girders left
Here is how it looked when I last took a picture of it in December of 2020.
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Cicadas may have just emerged, but they spent seventeen years underground. That means they are old enough to drive! I took this one to get it's learners permit last week even though I doubt it will live the nine months required to get it's provisional license.
Friday, May 28, 2021
One of the first things that is being done for the Amalyn Bethesda housing development is to connect Greentree Rd and Greyswood Rd. They have started clearing trees at the end of Greentree Rd to allow for this work to start.
Here is how Greentree road looks now. All the trees and brush has been removed.
This is from the field, looking at the dead-end of Greentree Road. Prior to this, the trees and brush were dense enough that you couldn't see Greentree from here.
For comparison, here is how the end of Greentree Road looked earllier this spring.