The American Society of Health System Pharmacists owns the Apex Building atop the CCT and future Purple Line.
shoehorning two train tracks, passenger platforms and a 12-foot-wide trail through existing easements and right of way under the Apex Building poses serious and expensive engineering problems, officials contend. They say the best solution would be to demolish the building, which houses the pharmacists group, the Regal Bethesda movie theaters and other businesses.
The only problem with this prescriptive was that while surrounding property owners were interested, the pharmacists weren’t.
But that may be changing. ASHP recently hired Holland & Knight attorney David Silver to handle talks with the county, which appear to be getting serious.
“We’re now having discussions on what would work for us,” Silver said. “We’re seriously considering it and they may be in a position to make it worth our while.”
That would mean tearing down Apex to give builders unfettered access to build the station and then granting the pharmacists’ group zoning to rebuild at a higher density. Or, the group could sell to a third-party developer.
See that Metropolitan AME? THAT is what a win-win looks like.