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I reviewed the plans thoroughly after the unveling and must say I'm pretty impressed. I'm really interested in seeing if they actually will go forward with that 300ft (22+ story) office builng (a huge risk in MocO where 99.9% of recent high-density development has been residential apartments). FRIT is actually taking White Flint development seriously. Not only did they quickly get Phase I under construction, they've now promptly submitted the site plan for a very ambitious Phase 2.

Across the street, LCOR's North Bethesda Center (which is very similar in size to Mid-Pike Plaza) is growing at a snail's pace (comparatively)--one building at a time. Plus it's somewhat less dense (a lot of space allocated solely for single-level retail) Further down the road JBG should have started construction on their new monumental residential tower (to be the tallest in the county), but have yet to do so. Lerner also submitted (preliminary) plans earlier this year for the White Flint Mall site which are even more ambitious than Mid-Pike Plaza.

10 years from now White Flint will (hopefully) be unrecognizable. It will definitely be interesting to see a "city" being built from scratch. The biggest problem that I think could happen is that the individual development sites won't mesh well together and will be isolated from one another.

by King Terrapin on Dec 21, 2012 11:07 am • linkreport

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