Renovation of The Chevy Chase Pavilion continues and is expected to be finished in October. Among the many changes being made, new escalatorswere installed in May, with support for them in the garage below. Also, staging is underway for the future Civil Loungeand Range Restauranton the upper level. Part of the patio levelhas been screened off for contractors’ use. Demolition of the former Pottery Barn is substantially complete and construction of an H&M clothing store is underway. The new store will occupy space on the Metro, Street and Second Levelsof the Pavilion. The three-level H&M will have is own vertical transportation.
There are no signs of plans to occupy retail spaces vacated byFilene’s Basement and Border’s Books & Music. Nor is there any sign of construction of the planned Shoppes at Friendship Heights opposite Lord & Taylor.
Anora, the home furnishings store at the corner of Jenifer Street and Wisconsin Avenue in FriendshipHeights - above Booeymongers restaurant - is in the “final weeks” of a going-out-of-business sale.
The Chevy Chase Pavilion & Embassy Suites Hotel - Click to enlarge
Bloo Moo, a self-serve yogurt shop, opened in May near Best Buy in Tenleytown. The site was formerly occupied by a branch of Marvelous Market. Bloo Moo features 14 flavors of yogurt, plus many toppings.
The Ruby Tuesday restaurant at Van Ness St. and Wisconsin Avenue in Tenleytown closed permanently at the end of May. The restaurant occupied a high-profile space on the corner of the building, which also houses Johnson’s Florist & Garden Center, The Greenberg Theatre, and Sullivan’s Toy Store & Art Supplies.
The Giant Food Store which stood at 3406 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, near National Cathedral for many years, closed permanently in May. A new Giant will be built as part of a large mixed-use project. Meanwhile, former Giant shoppers are being provided shuttle serviceon a limited basis to another Giant store in the vicinity.
Bloo Moo, a self-serve yogurt shop in Tenleytown - click to enlarge
The Bethesda Post Offices on Arlington Roadand at 7400 Wisconsin Avenue (near the Hyatt Hotel) closed permanentlyat the end of May. The site on Arlington Road will be redeveloped as a mixed-use projectwith high-end rental apartments, plus retail and underground parking. The property is next to the Capital Crescent Trail. Future use of the former post office on Wisconsin Avenue has not been announced; the property itself is privately owned. The two post offices have been replaced by a new facility at 6900 Wisconsin Avenue, which had previously been occupied by Miller’s Furs. (The furrier now has a shop at 4620 Leland St., in Chevy Chase, where Gaylords Lamps & Shades was formerly located). The new Post Office is farther from the Metro subway than the former Wisconsin Avenue PO.
The historic Post Office building in Bethesda - click to enlarge
The Capital Bikeshare program is moving forward, thanks to a grant by the State of Maryland. The Chevy Chase Land Companyhas agreed to provide spaces for two bikeshare stations on their properties. The Bikeshare program will enable participants to rent bicycles at solar-powered stationsin lower Montgomery County. similar to those now in operation in DC and Virginia. Participants who obtain membership in the program can rent a bike at low cost at one station and turn it in at another. There is a station in Tenleytown at Wisconsin Avenue and Albemarle Street. To read more about the program, visit http://capitalbikeshare.com/home The Friendship Heights Transportation Management District Advisory Committee elected Tiffany Geeas Chair in May. Ms. Gee has represented the Chevy Chase Land Companyon the committee in recent years. Former Chair Bill Farley has been appointed an Administrative Law Judge and has resigned from the committee. He has also resigned his position as a council member in the Town of Somerset. The Town Council appointed Franny Peale to complete Mr. Farley's term.
Discussions continue regarding the proposal to install a sidewalkon the east side ofWisconsin Avenue between Friendship Heights and Bethesda.
The Capital Bikeshare Station in Tenleytown - Click to enlarge
Tiffany Gee, the new Chair of The Friendship Heights Transportation Management District Advisory Committee - Click to enlarge
The Collection at Chevy Chase and Chevy Chase Center continued to receive streetscape enhancements in May. Nearby, Wisconsin Place has plans for significant landscape enhancements. Meanwhile, the playhouseswhich were displayed in May in Wisconsin Place's south plaza were much-admired.
Hubert Humphrey Park at the Friendship Heights Village Center was given a partial makeover in May. Willoughby Park at the corner of Willard Avenue and Friendship Boulevard, also received new landscaping, most notably on the steep slope on the Boulevard side.
The Gardens of Friendship Heights in the Spring of 2012 are the subject of a new video which can be seen by clicking on the arrow below.
The music playing in the background is the theme from Felix Mendelssohn's "Spring Song."