A to-be-built 145 foot tall building in Bethesda will be one of the first to go along the future Capital Crescent Trail and the Purple Line. The building will front Pearl Street which is viewed as a shared street and "canopy corridor" with the Capital Crescent Trail on one end a future protected bike lane on the other.
The concept envisions the proposed building as an eastern gateway to Bethesda with access to the Capital Crescent Trail and future Purple Line from the new Pearl Street “shared street”.
Pearl Street is a tree ‘canopy corridor’ intended to connect tree cover to parks, bicycle trails, stream buffers, and denser forest networks beyond the Bethesda boundary. Trees must have a minimum soil volume of 600 cubic feet or greater.
Bicycle access will be from Montgomery Avenue along a planned separated bikeway, and on Pearl Street. The southern segment of Pearl Street provides a connection to the Capital Crescent Trail. Long‐term bicycle parking for residents will be provided in a secure room, accessed from Pearl Street. The final location and capacity of the long‐ and short‐term bicycle parking will be determined at Site Plan.
The required bicycle parking is located at the ground floor adjacent to the loading area.
Pearl Street/Capital Crescent Trail Connector, the Bethesda Downtown Plan recommends a prominent connection to the Capital Crescent Trail at the southern terminus of Pearl Street
The Project will vastly improve the existing corner, as a result of the quality architecture and improvements to the existing streetscape including adding a needed sidewalk along the Pearl Street frontage, which will begin to develop an inviting pedestrian experience south on Pearl Street toward the Capital Crescent Trail.
The plan was approved at the January 11th Montgomery County Planning Meeting.