Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Temporary Parking lot closure

According to Montgomery County's DPWT, parking lot 31A is closed for a couple of months so they can "relocate utilities". This is a really tiny (about 20 spaces) lot on the corner of Woodmont Avenue and Bethesda Lane, right in the heart of Bethesda, MD and right across the street from a much larger surface lot. The closure was supposed to begin "On or about May 1st" but this morning there were still three cars parked in the lot.

The reason they need to relocate utilities is to prepare for a much larger construction project that will turn both this lot and the large one across the street (lot 31) into a large mixed-use development with an underground public parking garage containing nearly 1,500 spaces. Construction for that project is scheduled to begin in the Fall of 2010. More info about the development at the Gazette.

Update 5/30: The lot still isn't closed, the news release has been updated to a Mid June closing date, exact date to be determined.

Update 8/20: This lot still hasn't been closed, now it is scheduled to close around 9/1, we will see if they stick to that.

Update 11/16: Next they said it would close on 11/1, then pushed it to 11/16. It looks like that date stuck, because it is closed now.

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