Experience Senior Living Plans 26-Story Community Within Strathmore Square Mixed-Use Development in Bethesda, Maryland

by Jeff Shaw

BETHESDA, MD. — Experience Senior Living, a seniors housing developer, has unveiled plans for The Reserve at Strathmore Square. The project will be part of Strathmore Square, a planned arts-centric mixed-use community located in north Bethesda above the Grosvenor-Strathmore Red Line Metro station and adjacent to the Strathmore Music Center.

The seniors housing community will rise 26 stories and span 300,000 square feet, featuring 240 units of independent living, assisted living and memory care. Experience plans to break ground on the project in the fourth quarter of 2023.

Amenities at the community will include a swimming pool, pickleball court, wellness suite with a fitness room, salon, massage, sky lounge, outdoor spaces including a private memory care courtyard, multiple dining venues and a bar. The plan calls for The Reserve to be part of an intergenerational housing development with programs and activities for engagement between residents of the seniors housing community and the other residential properties in Strathmore Square.

The larger Strathmore Square project comprises eight acres of developable space. The master-plan developer, Fivesquares Development, expects the full build-out to include 2,000 residential units, approximately 35,000 square feet of retail, walking paths to the Metro station and a 1.3-acre central park.

Strathmore Square will incorporate environmental site design aspects to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver rating.

The Montgomery County Council and the Montgomery County Department of Parks and Planning approved preliminary plans for Strathmore Square in June 2019. Perkins Eastman DC is the architect, while Deborah Berke Partners is the interior designer.

The developers will work with the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority and Bethesda nonprofit multi-disciplinary arts center Strathmore on the project to implement both arts-centric and transit-oriented features into Strathmore Square.

— Channing Hamilton

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