Saturday, February 17, 2024

Woodward High School update

Woodward High School from Old Georgetown Road
I last posted about the construction of the new Woodward High School in August. On the surface, it doesn't look like much has happened since then. There is a bit more cladding on some parts of the building, and one of the parking lots is beginning to take shape.  I'm sure a lot more has been going on inside.

Woodward is scheduled to have phase one complete by August of this year. At that time, Northwood High School is supposed to move in for 3 years. This is a year longer than originally planned and is due to budget restrictions.  That means that Charles W. Woodward won't open for students of its own until August of 2027.


South side of Woodward H.S.

The boundary study for the new Woodward H.S. was approved last March but there haven't been updates since then.

Here is the south side of the new school with a future parking lot prominently in the foreground.  The portion of the school facing Old Georgetown Road is to the left.



Saturday, February 3, 2024

The Cecil apartments construction

 The apartments under construction at 8015 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, MD have a name, The "Cecil".  It will have 297 apartments when completed and on the corner of Glenbrook Rd and Old Georgetown Rd.


I last posted about these apartments in October. At the time they were just starting on the fourth floor. Now all eight floors are in progress and the walls of the building are on. There are still a number of windows yet to be installed.


The apartment complex is right next to Bethesda Chevy-Chase Rescue Squad and this is how the building looks from their parking lot.


Here's the view from Glenbrook Road.

From across Old Georgetown Rd, looking towards Bethesda. The red building in the background is where Glenbrook Road is.


Thursday, February 1, 2024

Caroline Freeland Park renovation update


Caroline Freeland Urban Park on Arlington Road in downtown Bethesda, MD closed last July for renovation.  I posted about the progress last August when they had just started ripping out trees and other park parts.  Here we are 6 months later and it is time to take another look at what is going on.


New Playground


The most notable change is the new playground.  It is larger than the old one with all new equipment. Much of the playground equipment has been installed including a very tall structure with multiple slides. The playground area was last renovated in 2010.


On the other side of the park, the progress is much less noticeable.  Most of it is bare dirt, but you can see wooden stakes outlining where future work will be done.

The project should be completed later this year. Caroline Freeland was the first woman to chair The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC).



Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Stop Feeding the Dumpster Animals!


someone has been strewing vegetables and bread around downtown Bethesda for months.  I have noticed it many times in alleys and by dumpsters.  This weekend there was a lot of it on the ground at the old public parking lot on Woodmont Avenue across from Pizzeria Da Marco.


Here's a scattering of green squash and sweet potatoes in the same area.


I'm not the only person to notice it either.  Here is a sign someone posted by some dumpsters on Battery Lane.  I wholeheartedly agree. There are enough rats in Bethesda already and feeding them just makes the problem worse.




Saturday, January 27, 2024

4909 Auburn construction update

4909 Auburn, an apartment building under construction on Auburn Avenue in Bethedsda, Maryland has progressed quite a bit since I last posted about it in October.

Construction is scheduled to be done in Mid-2024, they still have a lot to do so we'll see if they keep to the schedule.

Auburn Avenue is still uncomfortably narrow where construction has closed a lane.  When I was there a truck was unloading and taking up even more space.

The view from Norfolk Avenue. It rises significantly higher than the buildings right around it.


Light gray bricks face almost all of the front of the building. The top three floors still need attention as do areas that are set back.




Thursday, January 25, 2024

A foggy evening in Bethesda

 Tonight was warm and foggy, the last of the snow is quickly melting away.  I went for a walk on the Bethesda Trolley Trail and took these photos.

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Sophia Bethesda construction

Sophia Bethesda construction

It's been a while since I posted about these apartments currently under construction next to Bainbridge Bethesda.  So long, in fact, that they have changed names.  The project used to be called St. Elmo Apartments and you can see my update from September here.

 The name change isn't the only thing that has happened since then, Sophia Bethesda has topped out and has walls most of the way up. It now rises significantly higher than it's neighbor, Bainbridge Bethesda.

The view from the ground

Here's the view from St. Elmo Avenue, Bistro Provence is to the left, and there is a bit of snow on the ground from last week's storm.

According to, there will be 200 units spread across 22 stories. This is down from 276 apartments in the original plans. Rents will range from $1,642 for the lowest priced Studio to $9,113 for the most premium 3 bedroom apartment.

From Fairmont

 Sophia will be accessible from both St. Elmo Avenue and Fairmont Avenue. This is the view from Fairmont.


Friday, January 19, 2024

A good week for snow in Bethesda


Southbound on Old Georgetown Road at Democracy Blvd

It's been a good week for snow here in Bethesda.  At the beginning of the week we got 4+ inches which closed school on Tuesday and Wednesday, then last night and today we got another 3 or so.  School was again closed.  By this afternoon the accumulation had mostly stopped though there were still flurries coming down.

The roads are wet but clear. Bike lanes, on the other hand, are not clear. There doesn't appear to be a plan for clearing them.

Looking south on Old Georgetown Road

This is the intersection with Cheshire Drive, at the south end of Wildwood.  Driving is fine now but things will freeze up overnight so consider curling up with a cup of hot cocoa tonight instead of going out.

Wildwood parking lot

Parking lots are not in as good shape as the roads, but they were actively clearing them at both Wildwood and Georgetown Square.

Monday, December 25, 2023

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! Here is the Christmas tree at Union Station in Washington, DC




Friday, December 22, 2023

The old Marriott HQ is demolished

The demolition of the old Marriott headquarters in the Rock Spring area of Bethesda, MD has been going on for months, with the construction fencing first going up in February.  This campus will be replaced by a senior housing community.  Above is where the main entrance to the Marriott campus was, the building used to dominate this view, now all you see is the sky.
December 22, 2023

This is the view from the south looking north.  The building in the distance is the HMSHost building right along I-270.


December 16, 2023
Here is a similar view from December 16th, just about a week ago, there was still a small shred of a building left then.  The HMSHost building is in the distance on the left.


December 22, 2023
Here's the view from the north looking south-west. The building in the distance on the left is Democracy Plaza and the one on the right is Embassy Suites.


December 16, 2023
Here's a similar view from the 16th, just the corner of the building remained then and you could see sky through the windows.  The building in the distance is Democracy Plaza.