The Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail Station is located along Rockville Pike near Tuckerman Lane just north of the Capital Beltway (Interstate-495). The Planning Department is initiating this plan to explore the potential for development that would advance the public policy goal of transit-oriented development at the Metro station. The planning effort will also explore ways to enhance visibility and connectivity to the Strathmore Music Center, improve pedestrian linkages throughout the area and create a shared identity for this community through public space and art.
The Grosvenor-Strathmore area was part of the 1992 North Bethesda-Garrett Park Sector Plan. The 1992 Sector Plan covered a large geography, but it focused on the Metro stations at Grosvenor, White Flint, and Twinbrook, as well as the office park at Rock Spring. Communities that were previously part of the 1992 Sector Plan are now the subject of separate, smaller area plans, including the 2009 Twinbrook Sector Plan, the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan, and the plans currently underway for White Flint 2 and Rock Spring.
The 1992 Sector Plan described Grosvenor as the gateway to North Bethesda: Grosvenor marks the entrance to North Bethesda for those traveling north on Wisconsin Avenue. It is a residential island, nearly surrounded by open space, including the preserved woodland of Rock Creek Park and the campuses of Georgetown Preparatory School and Strathmore Hall. The existing residential towers will continue to function as landmarks and, together with the proposed high-rise residences east of the Pike, will form a gateway to North Bethesda. (page 132)
At the time of the 1992 Plan, the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA), which operates the Metrorail system, owned 45 acres at the Grosvenor Metro Station and the agency was contemplating a joint development project with a private developer. WMATA is currently considering inviting joint development proposals involving the integration of the existing transit facilities with a residential development project. The land use and zoning recommendations are based on the premise that relatively high density residential development, compatible with existing development in the Grosvenor Sector Plan area, will encourage use of the Metro system, as well as provide a suitable living environment for people in the down-County area. (Page 66 of the 1992 Sector Plan.)
Since the 1992 Plan, the following residential developments have been built on WMATA land near the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail Station: Meridian at Grosvenor Station, Avalon at Grosvenor Metro, and Strathmore Park Condos. In 2013, WMATA released a Joint Development Solicitation for a surface parking lot located south of the existing Metro parking garage at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Station. The development team that WMATA has chosen for this site is Five Squares.
The 1992 Plan supported development of a cultural arts campus at Strathmore Hall and, in 2001, construction began on a 1,976-seat concert hall and education center — the Music Center at Strathmore. The Center is an extraordinary cultural resource and has rapidly become a regional destination. Strathmore has partnerships with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Washington Performing Arts, National Philharmonic, Levine Music, CityDance, and Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras. North of and adjacent to the Strathmore Music Center, Symphony Park Townhomes were built along Strathmore Drive.
The proposed boundaries for the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Area Minor Master Plan will not be as large as the 1992 Plan boundaries, and will be limited to several parcels on the east side of Rockville Pike. The 160-acre Plan area will include the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Station, Strathmore Music Center and the residential communities of Symphony Park, Stoneybrook, Parkside, Strathmore Park, Meridian at Grosvenor Station, and Avalon at Grosvenor Metro. WMATA’s surface parking lot and excess land are the only parcel of land within the boundaries of the Minor Master Plan area that is proposed for future development.