Bethesda Row

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Bethesda Row

Location Bethesda, Maryland
Project Scope
6 blocks; 300 residential units; 93,000 SF of total commercial space; 106,000 SF of total office space
Design Services
Federal Realty Investment Trust

Originally an industrial district, Cooper Carry master planned the entire development starting in 1994, then transitioned into construction and built five buildings on six urban blocks, including entertainment retail, street retail, office space, and residential space. The project spanned nearly a decade and encompassed four phases. Includes future trolley connection, urban character related to Bethesda.

Bethesda Row embraces a bustling main street with wide sidewalks, outdoor cafes, and neighborhood-serving retail stores. The creation of this pedestrian environment has put people on the sidewalks day and night and created a heart for the Bethesda downtown. Phase IV of Bethesda Row includes a below-ground eight screen arts cinema, more than 28,000 square feet of ground level retail, restaurants, and specialty stores, under 78,000 square feet of office space on the upper four floors, and a 90 space multi-level parking facility.


  • 2001: ULI, Excellence in Urban Design Award 2002: ULI Award for Excellence
  • 2002: Congress for the New Urbanism, Best Block in America Award
  • (Phase I): Citizen's Neighborhood Coalition Award for Most Beautiful Place in Bethesda