WTOPnews reported on May 31 that "At Wisconsin Avenue NW in Friendship Heights, Montgomery County police provided backup support to D.C. police responding to dozens of people who broke into shops at the Mazza Gallerie. Wisconsin Avenue at Western Avenue on the Maryland side was shut down. Montgomery County police said a group of about 75 people were running around after breaking into shops but none had crossed the city line into Maryland." The windows of the Saks Men's Store and Neiman Marcus had been boarded up earlier - apparently related to the ongoing pandemic. The looters also broke into the CVS store in Chevy Chase Pavilion and a discount drug store on the southern end of Friendship Heights. On the Maryland side of the line, the entrance to Bloomingdale's had also been boarded up during the pandemic and was not involved in the aforementioned incident that affected Mazza Gallerie.
The entrance to Bloomingdale's was boarded up in response to concerns during the pandemic. The store was not affected by the incident described above.
The Chevy Chase Land Company and The Bozzuto Group are moving forward with construction of Chevy Chase Lake – a mixed-use development at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Manor Road. The project will be adjacent to the Capital Crescent Trail and the future Purple Line's Connecticut Avenue station. The light rail line will run from nearby downtown Bethesda east past Chevy Chase Lake to New Carrolton, Maryland. The first phase of the Chevy Chase Lake project will include three large buildings on a neighborhood square. The buildings will vary in height up to 11 stories and will include a total of 530 rental and condo units. There will be a nationally- recognized grocery store, retail and restaurants. The design of the three structures will incorporate several architectural styles to make it appear as though there are eight distinct buildings. The neighborhood square will serve as the heart of the project. The roughly-drawn map at right suggests the location of Chevy Chase Lake relative to Bethesda and Friendship Heights. The Purple Line station will connect below ground to the existing Bethesda Metro Station. Chevy Chase Lake was named for a man-made reservoir that no longer exists. The reservoir was at the terminus of a streetcar line that extended up Connecticut Avenue from DC, and was created by damming a small stream. The water from the reservoir was used to cool the power plant that supplied electricity to the streetcars. Until the Great Depression, the lake was a summertime getaway for city residents, with an amusement park, band shell, and rowing. The vintage images below show Chevy Chase Lake and one of the streetcars that served the area.
P.F. Chang closed their restaurant at Wisconsin Place permanently in May. Nearby, Pain Quotidien plans to declare bankruptcy. Ironically, both restaurants had rather spacious patio seating, which is coveted now that D.C., Maryland and Virginia allow seating outside.
Founders Bank opened at 5225 Wisconsin Avenue N.W. in Friendship Heights – next to a branch of FedEx – this Spring. The community bank offers both business and personal banking services and is just the second new bank to open locally in more than a decade. Visit https://foundersbank.bank