Bethesda Magazine: Westbard Developer Abandons Original Plan for Westwood Shopping Center

By Bethany Rodgers, Bethesda Magazine

The developer of Westwood Shopping Center has scrapped an initial project plan and is preparing a new proposal for overhauling the Westbard property.

The changes seem to have dramatically scaled down the redevelopment plan, reducing the total square footage from 1.8 million to roughly 820,000 square feet. A public notice for a Jan. 31 community meeting states that the new proposal will include up to 108 townhomes and 420 multi-family units.

Representatives of the developer, Regency Centers Corp., earlier this month withdrew the original sketch plan for the Bethesda properties on the east and west sides of Westbard Avenue, just south of Ridgefield Road.

Equity One, the company that submitted the initial sketch plan for the shopping center, has since been acquired by Regency in a merger finalized last March.