Bethesda Master Plan
Bethesda Master Plan

Bethesda Row

Bethesda, MD

Originally an industrial district, Cooper Carry master planned the entire Bethesda Row 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. It includes a future trolley connection, and an 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 Bethesda's 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.

project scope

Six Blocks / 300 Residential Units / 93,000 SF of Retail Space / 106,000 SF of Office Space


Federal Realty Investment Trust


  • 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