May 22, 2018

StonebridgeCarras and Donohoe Announce Plans for 175,000 SF Development in Bethesda, Maryland

StonebridgeCarras and The Donohoe Companies announced plans today for their project at 8280 Wisconsin Avenue which will focus its 175,000 square feet of commercial space on bringing life sciences to the Bethesda Central Business District (CBD). StonebridgeCarras and Donohoe’s vision for the project is to capitalize on two converging trends: employers locating their offices in live, work and play environments with access to mass transportation; and life sciences companies co-locating near thought leaders and institutions driving research and advancement. “The Bethesda CBD has continued to demonstrate its great success in attracting a wide range of companies to its premier mixed-use environment,” said Douglas M. Firstenberg, a Principal with StonebridgeCarras. “Further, it represents one of the most attractive untapped markets to locate life sciences near two world-class institutions at the northern edge of the Bethesda CBD – the National Institutes of Health and the Walter Reed National Medical Center.” ...READ MORE

May 9, 2018

BlackRock Buys Flats At Bethesda From StonebridgeCarras, PN Hoffman

StonebridgeCarras and PN Hoffman are cashing out of a luxury Bethesda apartment project they jointly developed in 2015. The developers sold the 162-unit Flats at Bethesda to a fund managed by BlackRock Real Assets. The sale closed for $143.5M, according a source familiar with the deal. HFF's Stephen Conley, Sue Carras, Walter Coker, Brian Crivella, John Owendoff and Jorden Lex brokered the deal. The property, at 7170 Woodmont Ave., includes 40K SF of ground-floor retail that is fully leased to Pottery Barn, PassionFish, Silver, Chop't, Paul and Long & Foster Real Estate. It sits across the street from the Bethesda Row retail center. The ...READ MORE

April 30, 2018

StonebridgeCarras and Donohoe Propose 145-Foot-Tall Bethesda Office Project

StonebridgeCarras is adding to its Bethesda development pipeline with a 145-foot-tall Woodmont Triangle office building.  The developer, in partnership with Donohoe Cos., submitted a sketch plan application with Montgomery County for a 185K SF office building at 8280 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda Magazine reports. The plan calls for a 145-foot-tall office building with up to 185K SF on the 0.44-acre site. It would also have 110 parking spaces and about 750 SF of open space along Wisconsin Avenue.  ...READ MORE

April 18, 2018

StonebridgeCarras Closes on Key Parcels for $350M Hoffman Town Center

A joint venture between StonebridgeCarras and Chicago-based Creek Lane Capital announced Wednesday it has purchased 5 acres in Alexandria for its Hoffman Town Center project, allowing the companies to move forward on construction on the 1 million-square-foot mixed-use development anchored by a Wegmans grocery store in early 2019.  Doug Firstenberg, a principal with Bethesda's StonebridgeCarras, declined to disclose the price that the joint venture paid for blocks 4 and 5 from the Hoffman family. But he said the companies have been under contract to buy the properties, which will encompass the northern-most point of retail activity for the project, for about two years. ...READ MORE

February 8, 2018

Planning Board Gives Thumbs Up to Hotel, Office Tower at Bethesda Police Station Site

County planning officials on Thursday praised a project to build a 250-foot “trophy” tower designed at a quality level not seen before in downtown Bethesda. But they don’t necessarily want other developers to copy Avocet Tower, the project at 7359 Wisconsin Ave., Montgomery County Planning Board members said. “This is an internationally known architectural firm. The artist is an internationally known artist, and it’s taking things to the kind of level of design excellence that we’ve been striving for,” Planning Director Gwen Wright said. “But I do think we have to be careful because others may try to say, ‘Well, you know, we can do this with the local architect we hired down the street.’ ” The board approved a package of plans for the project that will bring a roughly 220-room AC Hotel by Marriott and 400,000 square feet of office space. The 1.5-acre project site at the corner of Montgomery and Wisconsin avenues is now occupied by a county police station, Carpet Palace and an office building. “Hopefully, you’ll see today a development that, in our opinion, is really a phenomenal place-maker in the new Bethesda downtown,” said Jane Galbraith Mahaffie, a principal for the developer StonebridgeCarras. ...READ MORE