Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Update on The Camile / 7000 Wisconsin Ave construction

The Camile, a 14-story Mixed-Use development at 7,000 Wisconsin Avenue is really coming along.  Most of the side of the building and many of the windows are in. This building is directly across the street from Walsh Street, near Don Pollo, Moby Dick and a few other places. The building will have 181 residential units with ground-floor retail. It is expected to be complete in September.

 Here's a view of the Camile from behind. It is rising up behind the townhouses on Strathmore Street in Bethesda.

Monday, January 2, 2023

A Bald Eagle in Bethesa?

 This afternoon I went for a hike in Cabin John Park to enjoy the warm weather we are having.  While there, I saw a bald eagle sitting on one of the poles holding up the high-voltage wires. (Thanks to the woman who pointed it out).  It was far away so this was the best photo I could get of it.

After a few minutes it took off and flew away.  A couple of years ago I saw a bald eagle soaring over Democracy Blvd and the I-270 spur, I wonder if this is the same one.

Saturday, December 31, 2022

Go Hiking: Seneca Ridge Trail

 It is winter now, and I don't do a lot of hiking in the winter.  Friday, however, was in the upper 50's and, after how cold it was Christmas weekend, getting out of the house was welcome. Sunday will be equally warm, so it is another good day to get out and hike.  I went on the Seneca Ridge Trail which starts on Road in Darnestown, Maryland.  From here the trail goes West towards Maryland Route 118, Germantown Road.

Winter is a good time to find signs of prior habitation, like this old, rusty cooler.  There are what look to be foundations of a couple of houses on the left of the trail near the start.

The trail soon crosses an old, disused, road. If you follow it up to the end you will find a couple of parking lots. I didn't see any other remains of what was here. I believe this is the National Capital Trap and Skeet club.  From a video I found on YouTube, it looks like in 2015 there was a lot more remaining. If you know have any more information, leave a comment.


The trail goes through an area with many dead pine trees.  Several of them have been broken off about 10 feet above the ground.

The trail continues around through the woods for several miles. Since it is winter and you are on a ridge, you can see pretty far through the trees.

Saturday, December 17, 2022

Car parked in the bike lanes

It looks like the new bike lanes on Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda are being put to use as parking spots.

It actually took a bit of effort for this car to park in the cycle track on Woodmont Avenue outside of Mon Ami Gabi.  The lanes are clearly marked and separated from the rest of traffic by curbs and Mr/Ms '382 pulled right in.

Monday, December 5, 2022

Bethesda's Winter Wonderland, 2023

 Saturday started out rainy and dreary but by afternoon the rain had left us and it was warm.  This was good because the annual Bethesda's Winter Wonderland was from 1pm to 4pm.

 At the wonderland there was ice carving, face painting, visiting with Santa (which was really popular).  There was also food you could by from Dog Haus and the Red Bandana Bakery.

Singing was provided by various groups throughout the afternoon on a stage at Norfolk and St. Elmo avenues.  I believe the group in the photo was from Walter Johnson High School.

Norfolk Avenue was closed between St. Elmo Avenue and Del Ray Avenue, giving people plenty of space to mill around and enjoy the sights and sounds.

Thursday, November 24, 2022

It's the 40th annual Turkey Chase this morning


Battery Lane.  Currently you can only go one direction (Towards MD-355), the other direction is closed to vehicles.

It's Thanksgiving morning, and that means it is time to go for a pre-thanksgiving overload race.  This year the YMCA again sponsored the Turkey Chase 10k run and 2 mile walk/run.  This is the 40th annual run and it is back to being in-person.  You can also participate in some virtual evens now through the 28th. There is a virtual 10k, 5k, and 2 mile walk/run as well as a virtual 10 mile bike ride and 400 yard and 1 mile swim.

Old Georgetown Road and Lucas Lane

Northbound Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda has one lane closed.  Be careful if you are driving, runners sometimes pass other runners by going around the orange cones and entering the edge of the travel lane.

Old Georgetown Road and Greentree Road/South Drive

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

National Museum of African American History and Culture

 This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC. It was fairly crowded but well worth seeing.  Afterwards I took this late afternoon photo of the building with the leaves on the trees turning colors.

Monday, October 31, 2022

Amalyn Housing Development update


I have been tracking the Amalyn housing development in Bethesda since the very beginning. This development is in the 75 acre field that used to be the home of the WMAL radio transmitter towers.  Since my last update in May they have been preparing the site on the east side of the project, between Derbyshire Ln and Renita Ln.  Now they have started building houses in that area. The first two are in progress.

Here is another view of those two houses, notice how there isn't much around them.  You can see they have also started laying out the roads in this area. It may not look like much, but before they get to this point they have already put in all the water and sewer pipes. You can see a red fire hydrant in the middle of the picture.  The road going left to right is Silver Linden Street. (Derbyshire is directly behind the camera and Renita is way in the distance in the middle).

Here's another section of newly laid out road. They recently seeded the area directly in front of the camera.  Renita Lane is top right, the houses in the distance are on Corkran. I believe the road in this picture will be named Isabella Street.

Back in the main section there is a lot to see. On the right, with the light and dark gray side is the first row of townhouses they built. To the left of that is the second row.  Far left is a house still under construction and far right is another row of townhouses being built.

I think this is Glasswing Alley. Some of the roads have a layer of blacktop on them. They are in the process of building a house on the left.

There are still bits and pieces left from the WMAL radio transmitter site. The three concrete piers that held one of the radio towers remain on their side. They have sat here unmoved all summer.

The various bits of concrete that have been dug up are piled in a pit. It is mostly concrete that fence posts were set in, but there are also some that the smaller transmitters were mounted on.

The last remaining radio transmitter building had open doors.  There used to be one of these at the base of each radio tower.

There isn't much to see here, a  few bags of trash and an old rack for rack-mount computers. It is a bit disappointing.

Prior coverage of Amalyn:

Construction scheduled to start on the WMAL field (Toll Brothers Amalyn project) (April 9, 2021)

The fence harvest came early this year (April 27, 2021)

Initial site work at Amalyn Bethesda (former WMAL radio tower location) (May 6, 2021)

Erosion Control at Amalyn Bethesda site (May 16, 2021)

Clearing trees for the road at Amalyn Bethesda (May 28, 2021)

Building the road at Amalyn Bethesda (former WMAL site) (July 31, 2021)

Paving Greyswood Rd in the Amalyn development (February 13, 2022)

Amalyn Update (April 3, 2022)

A new area gets silt fencing at Amalyn Bethesda (May 2, 2022)

More houses at the Amalyn development (May 24, 2022)

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

The Rae apartments, progressing construction

Rae parking entrance

 By Montgomery Mall and Home Depot, Folger-Pratt is building "The Rae", a 343 unit apartment building backing up to the I-270 spur.  This site was formerly occupied by Ourisman Ford.

Rae parking entrance

The back side of the Rae

They have put the final exterior coverings on parts of the building.  The I-270 spur is just beyond the trees in the right of the photo.

The Rae apartments from Home Depot

I have written about this project a few times:

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Solaire Bethesda construction


Solaire Bethesda peeks above the ground
Solaire Bethesda at 7607 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda is going to be a 198 unit apartment building with a tiny 1,500 feet of retail space. I've been watching this for a while, but sometimes you just don't feel like posting about holes in the ground (other times you just can't get enough of it).

Solaire Bethesda from Commerce Ln

The first 3 (of an eventual 22) floors rise above Commerce Lane. This will be a narrow-but-tall building.

Solaire Bethesda from Bethesda Place Plaza

The back of Solaire Bethesda as seen from Bethesda Place Plaza. Only the top floor is visible.

I haven't posted about this project before, but I did post about La Madeleine back in 2010.