County Planners OK Development Plan for Apex Building in Downtown Bethesda

Project calls for building 480 homes, 360,000 square feet of office space on site


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The Apex Building at 7272 Wisconsin Ave. in Bethesda

Aaron Kraut

The Montgomery County Planning Board on Thursday approved a preliminary plan to replace the Apex building in downtown Bethesda with a complex of offices and apartments that could soar nearly 300 feet off the street.

Developer Carr Properties has presented a proposal to build 480 homes and 360,000 square feet of office space on the site at 7272 Wisconsin Ave. The site has been considered as a future home for Marriott International Inc., and the company has signaled it will announce the proposed downtown Bethesda site of its new headquarters in the first half of 2017.

The 2.69-acre site at the intersection of Wisconsin and Elm Street will also accommodate the Bethesda station for the light-rail Purple Line and new access to the Bethesda Metro Station.

The board consented to the preliminary plan with a unanimous vote following a presentation.

“I think, generally, this building is going to be transformational for Bethesda, It’s beautiful, and it really makes me proud that we can have this type of architecture in Montgomery County,” member Natali Fani-Gonazlez said.

The board was initially scheduled to review a site plan for the project, but decided to delay its vote on that plan until Jan. 19.

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