Owners of Tenleytown’s Dancing Crab, a neighborhood icon, have filed for raze permits. If razing is approved, the buildings at 4615 Wisconsin Avenue NW and 4611 41st Street NW will be replaced with a seven-story building. The building will house 41 apartments above a 2,450 square-foot restaurant.
The Bonstra|Haresign-designed project will also include 1,754 square feet of penthouse restaurant or bar space. A planned-unit development was approved for the site last year. One provision of the plan is that the ground-floor space can never house a professional office, a convenience store, a mattress store, chain retail or restaurant, or a bank.
In other news, the Montgomery County Planning Board has agreed to purchase two downtown Bethesda properties to build a new “civic green” across the street from Veterans Park on Woodmont Avenue. The $9.6 million purchase encompasses two lots, 7800 Wisconsin Avenue, the former longtime home of Union Hardware and 7810 Wisconsin Ave., the current site of retail shop Ultimate Home, Inc. The site is near the future Marriott International headquarters.
The purchase begins the work on the master-planned park in Woodmont Triangle, intended to serve as a “gathering space” and “the hinge between Wisconsin Avenue and Norfolk Avenue,” according to Planning Board documents.