We plan to use this website to share information about our redevelopment plans in Chevy Chase Lake, solicit your ideas and feedback, and let you know about upcoming meetings.
In the meantime, here is some background information regarding the future development.
Chevy Chase Lake
The boundaries of Chevy Chase Lake are roughly Jones Bridge Road to the North, Jones Mill Road to the East, Columbia Country Club to the West and East-West Highway to the South.
The area is named “Chevy Chase Lake” for the artificial lake that was formed when Coquelin Run was dammed in order to provide water to cool the turbines that powered the Connecticut Avenue streetcar, which operated from 1892 until 1935.
The largest property owners in the area are Howard Hughes Medical Institute, The Chevy Chase Land Company, and the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County. The Chevy Chase Land Company owns the office building at 8401 Connecticut Avenue, and the Chevy Chase Lake East and West shopping centers.
Neighborhood Serving Retail
We get asked a lot of questions about the character of the retail we’d like to see at Chevy Chase Lake. We have great tenants here today, and we’d like to continue to enhance and grow our retail tenant mix. The nature of these retailers, though, will continue to be neighborhood serving – restaurants, cafes, and service-oriented retail. We welcome your input about the kinds of shops you’d love to see here, and you can email me any time with your thoughts.
The Purple Line
One of the Purple Line’s 21 stations will be right here in Chevy Chase Lake. The station will be located on the east side of Connecticut Avenue, in the Georgetown Branch Right of Way. The Capital Crescent Trail will be rebuilt alongside the Purple Line, and completed all the way into Silver Spring.
Having a light rail station here means that residents will be only a few minutes from both Bethesda and Silver Spring (it’s an 8 minute ride on the Purple Line between Silver Spring and Bethesda). The Bethesda Purple Line station will connect via elevators to Metro’s Red Line, making it easy to commute to downtown DC. In fact, we anticipate that once the Purple Line is built, many new residents in Chevy Chase Lake may eventually choose to live car-free.
We plan to connect our Chevy Chase Lake East redevelopment directly to the Purple Line platform, and will be working with the Maryland Transit Administration as both projects move forward to ensure coordination in design, engineering, and construction.
Click here to learn more about the Purple Line project.