Westbard Shopping Center Redevelopment Plans

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 1:33pm
Equity One, a Florida based developer that has been buying up pieces of the Westbard Shopping Center  and surrounding commerical district in Bethesda will host two community meetings, present their ideas for redevelopment of the area.  Vision Meetingfor Westbard Shopping Center   Wednesday, January 29 7:00 to 9:00 pm  Saturday, February 1, 10:00 to noon  The Ballroom  Landy Lane, Bethesda.  According to the developer's website  these meetings are intended as workshops that will allow the developer to “share our thinking to date and solicit comments from the community,”   It is important to know that the area is much larger than the Westbard Shopping Center.  It includes the nursing home, the bowling alley, the gas station, the building where Domino's Pizza is and more - a total  22 acres.   Specifical, the property to be redeveloped consists of 7 parcels improved with 467,000 square feet of retail, office, multi-family and assisted living space.  Information about the meetings and development are HERE  Information about the Westwood Complex parcel are HERE  As the Westbard Shopping Center is very near the Little Falls and Willett Branches, the development of the center has the potential to greatly impact the creeks and watershed.  It is important that the site be developed in accordance with the strictest environmental guidelines.  Little Falls Watershed Alliance will be there advocating for the creek.  Please join us as developers need to know that the public is concerned about the environment.
Westwood Complex in Bethesda:  22 acre site slated for redevelopment.
 

22 Acre Parcel off River Road to be Redeveloped

Equity One, a Florida based developer that has been buying up pieces of the Westbard Shopping Center  and surrounding commercial district.  Properties acquired include the nursing home, the bowling alley, the gas station, the building where Domino's Pizza is and more - a total  22 acres.  Specifically, the property to be redeveloped consists of 7 parcels improved with 467,000 square feet of retail, office, multi-family and assisted living space.  
 
Willett Branch Runs Through Site
Although not much to look at, the Willett Branch runs through the site right by the Westwood Towers apartment building. The creek is concrete lined at this point, but flows into the Little Falls Branch on Massachusetts Avenue just below the new Little Falls town house development.  The location of the creek make this development especially of concern to LFWA.  We will be watching the development closely to make sure that the strictest environmental guidelines are followed.
 
 
Vision Meetings for Westbard Shopping Center 
 
Wednesday, January 29, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Saturday, February 1, 10:00 to noon
The Ballroom
Landy Lane, Bethesda.
 
According to the developer's website  these meetings are intended as workshops that will allow the developer to “share our thinking to date and solicit comments from the community,”   
 
Information about the meetings and development are HERE
 
Information about the Westwood Complex parcel are HERE
 
As the Westbard Shopping Center is very near the Little Falls and Willett Branches, the development of the center has the potential to greatly impact the creeks and watershed.  It is important that the site be developed in accordance with the strictest environmental guidelines.  Little Falls Watershed Alliance will be there advocating for the creek.  Please join us as developers need to know that the public is concerned about the environment.
 
And please, visit our website at http://www.lfwa.org/westbard-shopping-center-development.  We will try to keep it up-to-date with plans.