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).