Open Space Plan Details
The heart of Bethesda will finally become a welcoming destination with close to one acre of activated open space. Here’s what Brookfield’s Bethesda Metro Center plan will bring to Bethesda:
Located right on Wisconsin Avenue, Metro Commons will provide a great arrival experience for transit users and visitors alike. Serving as an expansive open area with even more green space than today, the Commons offers places for gathering, enjoying pop-up retail farmers’ markets and places to sit and relax. Metro Commons will also include improved access to Metro and connection to the pedestrian retail promenade.
Fully visible from both Wisconsin Avenue and Old Georgetown Road but protected from street noise and traffic, the ½-acre of open space is similar in size to Rockville Town Square, and will be an inviting green space featuring a variety of local and world-class arts and entertainment.
Located on the south side of the Plaza, The Promenade connects the spacious Metro Commons with the Central Lawn, offering an open-air retail experience featuring small shops and cafes with outdoor seating, with the Central Lawn highly visible as a destination.
Stroll to the Central Lawn through The Gallery, an intimate outdoor passage featuring outdoor seating and permanent art installations, located at the north and west sides of the Plaza.
Located at the Central Lawn entrance, the Arts Brookfield Zone will feature innovative art exhibitions, concerts, film screenings, dance and festivals – all serving as a beacon to attract visitors and energize open space. Arts Brookfield presents exciting, world-class cultural experiences to hundreds of thousands of people each year at Brookfield properties throughout the world.
Seamlessly complementing the site’s open space, small shops, cafes and pop-up vendors will give visitors, residents and office workers a variety of retail and food options.
Brookfield is working with Metro to improve connections between the station and Bethesda Metro Center, encouraging users to enjoy the newly energized open space. A new subway entrance will provide a more pleasant and seamless integration with the Plaza. Enhanced bus bay lighting and the addition of art and retail amenities will enliven the surroundings. Bike-riders will benefit from more bike racks and bike stations.
A world-class, sustainable green building will replace an outdated, inefficient structure, whose current location acts as a barrier to enjoying the Plaza. The new building location at the edge of the property near the Wisconsin Avenue/Old Georgetown Road intersection maximizes the Bethesda open space and is compatible in size with neighboring buildings, with a maximum height equal to that approved for the Clark building next door.
A grand staircase will create clear pedestrian access from Woodmont Avenue and enhance the community’s experience at Bethesda Metro Center by providing a direct connection between the Plaza and the Metro.