Week Ahead: Outdoor Movies in Downtown Bethesda; County Council To Discuss Second Potomac River Crossing

Plus: Planning Board to examine renovation proposals for two local parks


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Bethesda outdoor movies screened this week

Local residents have the opportunity to watch movies on a big screen under the stars this week in Woodmont Triangle. Bethesda Urban Partnership is once again hosting its annual outdoor movie event from Tuesday through Saturday. The following movies are being screened starting at 9 p.m. each night at the corner of Norfolk and Auburn avenues:

Tuesday – The Wizard of Oz

Wednesday – Field of Dreams

Thursday – Dead Poet’s Society

Friday – Hidden Figures

Saturday – La La Land

County Council to vote on resolution opposing new Potomac River Crossing, discuss rental housing cost

The council on Tuesday is likely to approve a resolution opposing a new Potomac River Crossing north of the American Legion Bridge on the Beltway in Montgomery County. The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board is scheduled to discuss whether to support studying a potential crossing at its July 19 meeting and several council members have said the project isn’t feasible because it would damage protected agricultural land in the county and is not supported by the state.

On Tuesday afternoon, the council will receive a briefing on the rental housing market in the county. Several leaders of the county’s planning department—including Planning Board chair Casey Anderson—are expected to appear at the briefing that will review the county’s current limited affordable rental housing supply and determine what policies could be used to increase the amount of affordable local units.

Also on Tuesday, the council is scheduled to vote on a zoning text amendment that will set restrictions on height incentives for new buildings in downtown Bethesda. The amendment is a companion piece to the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan that was approved earlier this year. Last week, council members said they would back firm height limits for downtown buildings next to residential neighborhoods.

Planning Board to examine improvement options for two local parks

The Montgomery County Planning Board is scheduled Thursday to review improvement plans for renovating Long Branch-Wayne Local Park in Silver Spring and Dewey Local Park in the Kensington area. On Thursday evening, the board is expected to discuss a plan to allow Ourisman Honda in Bethesda to finish constructing a garage that encroaches on part of a shared Capital Crescent Trail easement in exchange for widening the trail and adding a new public plaza.

Highs in the 90s expected all week

Air conditioners in Montgomery County will be running regularly this week. The National Weather Service expects highs in the low-90s each day, starting with a high around 90 Monday with a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms afternoon. Daytime scattered showers are also predicted for Tuesday and Wednesday, when highs are expected to reach 90 and 94 degrees, respectively. Thursday and Friday are predicted to be mostly sunny with highs in the low-90s and a chance of thunderstorms on Friday. Lows should drop into the mid-70s nightly, according to the weather service.

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