Friday, May 29, 2015

Assault reported at Suburban Hospital; thefts in Green Acres, Kenwood Park + more - Bethesda crime update

Here's a roundup of crimes reported across Bethesda on May 26, according to crime data:

Theft. 7700 block Wisconsin Avenue.

Theft. 7900 block Norfolk Avenue.

Assault. Suburban Hospital.

Theft. 5600 block Wisconsin Avenue.

Burglary. 5500 block Friendship Boulevard.

Burglary. 3600 block Raymond Street at 4:15 PM (Chevy Chase Section 3).

Vehicle burglary. 5600 block Oakmont Avenue.

Theft. 5000 block Rodman Road at 8:43 AM (Green Acres).

Vehicle burglary. 6200 block Clearwood Road at 1:15 PM (Kenwood Park).

Theft from vehicle. 6600 block Western Avenue.

Vehicle burglary. 11700 block Parklawn Drive (Pike District).

Theft from vehicle. 11700 block Hunters Lane at 12:49 PM (Randolph Hills).

Liquor arrest. 7100 block Democracy Boulevard.

New crosswalk on Bethesda Avenue (Photos)

Heads up: Drivers and pedestrians should be aware of the new crosswalk being put into place on Bethesda Avenue at Woodmont Avenue, at the Barnes and Noble plaza. For the last couple of years, pedestrians and trail users have been making a crossing further down the block by the Capital Crescent Trail. That was necessary due to the sidewalk closure on the southern side of Bethesda Avenue at the Lot 31 construction site.

Now that the Flats at Bethesda Avenue apartments and retail are near completion, a new crosswalk has been painted across the road. So if you are, for example, turning right from southbound Woodmont, be aware that you'll have to ready to stop sooner than you may be used to.

Pitzze space up for lease in Bethesda

The restaurant space recently vacated by Pitzze at 7135 - 7137 Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Bethesda is now officially on the market. Bernstein Management is offering the building for lease, and the rate is negotiable, according to a listing on LoopNet. The space is 1872 SF in size, and is next door to the new Robert Wiedmaier venture, Villain & Saint.

Interestingly, the photo used in the listing dates back to the space's previous tenant, Haven Pizzeria. Probably not the most charmed spot if you are planning to open a pizza parlor, I suppose.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Drug bust on Rock Forest Dr., 5 assaults + more - Bethesda crime update

Here's a roundup of crimes reported across Bethesda on May 25, according to crime data:

Theft from vehicle. 4700 block Montgomery Lane.

Assault. 5300 block Western Avenue at 3:09 PM.

Assault. 10200 block Grosvenor Place at 12:51 PM.

Drug arrest. 6400 block Rock Forest Drive.

Assault. 11300 block Woodglen Drive at 10:34 AM (Pike District).

Theft. 7100 block Democracy Boulevard.

Theft. Westfield Montgomery Mall.

Assault. 5400 block McGrath Boulevard at 12:07 AM (Pike District).

Assault. 7600 block MacArthur Boulevard at 2:36 PM (Cabin John).

Statue of Liberty on Cordell Avenue? (Photos)

Work has begun on the interior at 4848 Cordell Avenue, and on the mural along the exterior wall. An early rendering of that public art piece shown by the architecture firm behind the redesign, Steven J. Karr, AIA, Inc., featured a Stature of Liberty element.

I noticed yesterday that you can see sketch elements of the statue's iconic crown in the upper right of the wall now, suggesting that the original design may well be going onto the facade.
Click to enlarge, then look
for the spiked crown of
Lady Liberty in-between the
top and middle scaffolding
at the upper right
Then compare the above photo to this
rendering by Andrew Bzdega of
Steven J. Karr, AIA, Inc.
(courtesy of SJKAIA, Inc,
All rights reserved)
Meanwhile, window coverings over the newly-installed glass facade of the former homeless shelter suggests interior work is beginning. The space is being created with a potential restaurant tenant in mind for owner Greenhill Capital.

Kapnos Kouzina posts Coming Soon signage in Bethesda (Photos)

Kapnos Kouzina, the new concept from celebrity chef and restauranteur Mike Isabella, has posted Coming Soon signage in the windows of the Bethesda Row location. This was formerly the home of Vapiano at 4900 Hampden Lane.

In contrast to Isabella's existing Kapnos-branded locations, this venture will emphasize a more casual, homestyle ambiance. The menu will reflect that with rustic cuisine and dishes designed to be shared, according to the company website.

With the opening now expected for Fall 2015, expect work to begin on the transformation in the near future.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Assault on Dudley La., theft from car in Kenwood Forest + more - Bethesda crime update

Here's a roundup of crimes reported across Bethesda on May 24, according to crime data:

Theft from vehicle. 7400 block Wisconsin Avenue at 9:08 AM.

Theft from vehicle. 6700 block Kenwood Forest Lane at 10:06 AM.

Theft. 10400 block Old Georgetown Road.

Assault. 5100 block Dudley Lane at 12:01 AM.

Theft from vehicle. 7100 block Westlake Terrace at 9:53 AM.

Theft from vehicle. 6000 block Executive Boulevard at 10:02 AM.

Assault. 4700 block Boiling Brook Parkway at 7:35 PM (Randolph Hills).

Silver restaurant begins installing signage in Bethesda

Silver, a new concept from the Silver Diner Development group, has begun installing the permanent signage outside its future Bethesda location. The restaurant will be at 7150 Woodmont Avenue, in The Flats at Bethesda Avenue apartments.

The letters installed appear to be frames for an eventual lighted element.

As you can see, there's still quite a ways to go on the interior of the restaurant.

Sugar Shack pop-up selling sweet summer treats in Bethesda

Just when the heat returned this week, there is a new option to cool off at the Shops at Wildwood in Bethesda. The Sugar Shack is a pop-up shack selling Dolci Gelati, frozen Picnic Pops, Nye's ice cream sandwiches, and Karma Korn caramel corn in front of Red Orchard at 10253 Old Georgetown Road. Each vendor is local or regional, for those seeking to buy local products.

Sugar Shack says their current hours will be from noon until 6:00 PM, but that they are experimenting to see at what hours there is the most demand. You can see a menu online before heading there.

Luke's Lobster to expand at Bethesda Row (Photos)

Luke's Lobster fans would probably agree the only downside at the popular Bethesda Lane eatery is the lack of indoor seating space when the weather isn't so nice for al fresco dining. That will change in a few months.

In late summer, Luke's will expand its space out to Elm Street, where there used to be an M&T Bank ATM if you recall. This will not only increase the indoor seating area, but will also raise the visibility of Luke's Lobster, to those passing on Elm Street.

The project will take a few weeks to complete, a spokesperson for Luke's Lobster said yesterday.
Here is the space where Luke's Lobster will
expand; there used to be an ATM here

Expanding into this space
will increase visibility of
the restaurant on Elm Street

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Memorial Day display in downtown Bethesda (Photos)

The construction site for the future Solaire Bethesda made a patriotic statement for Memorial Day weekend, flying the Stars and Stripes from the tower crane high above the Crescent Plaza condos. This is best known as the former site of the historic Eastham's Servicenter on Wisconsin Avenue at Woodmont Avenue.

First look: Park behind The Flats at Bethesda Ave. (Photos)

Here's a sneak peek at the park/plaza common area behind The Flats at Bethesda Avenue luxury apartments. Some vegetation is in place, as well as most of the pavers. Water features are being added, as well. Tucked between the building and the quiet Sacks residential neighborhood, it could be a quiet oasis steps away from the restaurants and shops of Bethesda Row.

In fact, Sacks residents are getting exclusive access to this area, and its more direct connection to the urban district of Bethesda. As you will notice in the photos below, houses that border The Flats now have private staircases and paths that lead into the park.

There is also a circular, drop-off driveway in this area.

You'll also notice that there has been a significant decrease in the construction-related "junk" and equipment placed near the Sacks neighborhood entrance at Leland Street and Woodmont Avenue, now that construction is nearing completion.

Private staircase and gate
for a Sacks resident to
access the park from this

Looking toward
Ourisman Honda
Another private access stair

Some vegetation in place,
more on the way

Looking toward houses in
the Sacks neighborhood

Indoor common area
for residents; looks like
future spots for a flatscreen TV,
fireplace and bar

A completed unit on
the ground floor

Near the Sacks neighborhood

Eastham's Park at Woodmont Ave.