Bethesda Purple Line Station Update

On December 5, 2013, the county Planning Board approved the Planning Board draft of the Bethesda Purple Line station plan.

The plan has been sent to the County Executive and County Council for review. On Tuesday, January 14, 2014, the council will hold a public hearing on the plan.

The plan focuses on the immediate area around the planned Bethesda Purple Line station and includes nearby Elm Street Park. The Planning Board’s preferred design is to raze the Apex Building, at Wisconsin Avenue and Elm Street and build a larger Purple Line station than is now possible and a taller building to replace the current one.

The costs to owner of the Apex Building (the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) to relocate are $5-$10 million. Construction and tenant relocation costs are estimated at $25 million. Discussions are underway on how much public funding would be needed to make the plan a reality.

It is expected the County Council will take action on a final draft before the end of February.

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