Clark Protesting Brookfield's Plan for 290-Foot Tower At Bethesda Metro
Clark Enterprises launched a campaign called Project Bethesda Open Space, attempting to convince the County Council to block Brookfield's development plan, Bethesda Magazine reports.
The Montgomery County Planning Board has tentatively agreed to allow a building of up to 290 feet on the site in the master plan it sent to the County Council for final review.
Clark, which owns the neighboring 16-story Clark Building, argues the site would be better used as public greenspace. Clark has proposed a half-acre street-facing park on the space, which is currently concrete.
Brookfield has a ground lease on the plaza from WMATA, which selected the Bethesda station as a pilot for systemwide improvements. Brookfield argues developing the high-rise would allow them to fund significant improvements to the Metro station below. The developer also says it would create an inward-facing greenspace, rendered above, which would feature public programming.
The Clark Building is 200 feet high and is one of the most recognizable, prominent buildings in Bethesda. Brookfield developing a neighboring tower that's 90 feet taller would hinder some Clark employees' views, at the very least.