Sunday, November 28, 2021

The Westbard area of Bethesda

 There is a lot of redevelopment scheduled in the Westbard area of Bethesda, around River Road, it has even started in the strip mall that contains the Giant Foods.  Here is a point-in-time look at the area.  It will be interesting to revisit this in a few years and see what has changed.

This boarded up building on the corner of Ridgefield Road and River Road was once Springhouse Manor Care

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This former Citgo gas station on Westbard Avenue awaits redevelopment.


The front of West Wood Center II.

 

Another view of Westwood Center II on the corner of Westbard Ave and Ridgefield Rd.


Looking South on River Road, Sunoco on the left, Talberts and MacDonalds on the right.


The Liberty Gas Station on River Road in Bethesda, MD. Behind it is the Marathon Gas station.


The strip mall with Whole Foods in it.  A new facade is going up here.


Right on River Road across from Whole Foods is the American Plant garden center and nursery. They used to be called American Plant Food Co., Inc.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Fallen tree on Little Falls Trail

Another observation from my walk on Little Falls Trail yesterday. A long-dead tree fell and currently blocks Little Falls trail.  In the background you can see a car that is driving on Massachusetts Avenue.

You can see this is not the first time a tree has fallen down this hill and blocked the trail.  I wonder what is causing this.


 

Sewage Overflow in Little Falls park

 

I was walking on the Little Falls Trail near the Dalecarlia Reservior and saw that starting on Wednesday the 17th and not fully remediated yet, there was a sewage overflow at the southern end of Little Falls Stream Valley park.  There are numerous signs posted along the trail there.


There are two big pumps for pumping sewage into one of the sewer manholes.  The pumps mostly, but don't completely, blog the Little Falls Trail right near the Capital Crescent Trail.


A temporary sewage line is propped up across Little Falls Creek.


A black temporary sewage pipe going up the hill along the Little Falls Trail.  The fence on the left is the boundary for the Dalecarlia Reservoir Grounds.




Saturday, October 30, 2021

Auburn Professional building demolition site


 The demolition of the Auburn Professional building at 4915 Auburn Ave in Bethesda, MD (and the adjacent Huntington Learning Center/Maryland Radio building) is technically not complete, but it is close. Most of the debris hav been cleared, there is just a couple piles of metal and a layer of brick and concrete block are left on the ground.


Here's another view of the demolition site on Auburn Avenue, you can also see the building next to it has a new mural that looks to still be in progress.


The ground level view shows the piles of metal at the site of the former Auburn Professional building.



Friday, October 29, 2021

A burning tree along Fernwood road


 This morning a tree fell on a power line and caught fire on Fernwood Road by Interstate 495 in Bethesda, Montgomery County fire and Pepco responded, blocking off Fernwood Rd for a considerable period of time.


A Pepco employee watches the buring tree.  the tree was leaning against a power line.  While I was watching, there the fire flared up several times.


Monday, October 18, 2021

Fully Electric Ride-On buses are coming

 

I saw them testing out a new fully electric ride on bus this past weekend, they look a lot better than the current diesel buses (which I am not fond of).  This one wasn't in service, it was just driving on Sangamore Road.


Given that I saw the bus twice, once going in each direction, I think it was following the Ride On route 23, to see what real-world range is.


Friday, October 8, 2021

Demolition of the Auburn Professional Building continues

 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.


From this angle you can't really tell the building is partway demolished, it looks like it is just undergoing renovation.  However, the far side fo the building is where the demolition is currently occurring.



Friday, October 1, 2021

Demolition of the Auburn Professional Building has begun


 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.