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Fifty Feet Doesn't Seem So Far, Right?

Just last week this house in the Village of Martins Additions changed from 3407 Thornapple Street to 3405 Thornapple Street. Your average builder would have hired us to file a new address request with the M-NCP&PC. Jodi Longo and Renovation Studio aren't your average builders. Their ambitious plan picked up and MOVED the house to its new address. For more than 70 years this circa 1943 house straddled a compilation of three parts of lots. That is until the house was lowered onto its new foundation 50 feet or so to the east.

Bill Kominers of Lerch, Early, Brewer, Claude C. Lapp Architects, and the team at CAS Engineering helped Renovation Studio with the logistics of making this short but complicated move possible. [Renovation Studio]

2016 Greater Potomac Golf Classic – Our Most Successful Tournament in 16 Years

Pictured, left to right: Sandra Cushner Weinstein, Director, Brainy Camps; Mary Lou Robertson; Jeff Robertson, fund representative, and Susan Mehlman, Assistant Director, Brainy Camps.

CAS Engineering's Jeff Robertson launched the Julie Ann Robertson Cashour Memorial Golf Tournament (now the Greater Potomac Golf Classic) in June 2001. This annual outing has raised in excess of $375,000 over 16 years. Proceeds have been disbursed to multiple charities dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by Neurofibromatosis.

The longevity and continued success of this tournament are directly attributed to the generous support of CAS Engineering's clients, associates and friends. As a matter of fact, 2016's event earned the distinction of being the most successful tournament yet, with $45,000 raised for Julie's fund. In 2016 the fund distributed grants to four nonprofits; Brainy Camps Association (Camp New Friends), Neurofibromatosis Mid-Atlantic, Children's Tumor Foundation, and Hospice of Frederick County.

Mark your calendars now for the upcoming 17th Annual Greater Potomac Golf Classic scheduled for Friday, June 9, 2017, at Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Ijamsville, Maryland. Contact Jeff Robertson at or 301-639-3737 for additional information or to reserve your foursome. [The Community Foundation of Frederick County]

Talk of the (Down)Town – Bethesda, That Is

The long-awaited Bethesda Downtown Plan is finally here, at least in "draft" form. The First County Council Planning, Housing & Economic Development (PHED) work session was held on January 23rd, 2017. Expect a long drawn out approval process; one that will surely entail many revisions to the plan (remember White Flint?). The new Bethesda Downtown Plan is intended to replace the 1994 Bethesda Central Business District Sector Plan and includes all the popular buzz words you expect, sustainability, open space, housing, accessibility, affordability, and energy conservation.

A central component of the plan is “density averaging”. This is essentially the transfer of density rights from one site to another – subject to certain rules of course. There are also “priority” sending sites, i.e.; sites designated for open space or preservation from which density transfers are encouraged. MPDUs are increased from 12.5% to 15%. Height is also increasing, up to 29 stories in the central core. Insomniacs, relief is but a click away. [Bethesda Downtown Plan]

CAS Project Hits the Market for $13.5 Million

A CAS Engineering project, the former home of BET CEO Debra Lee, went on the market in December. This stunning home is located across the street from Rock Creek Park in the Massachusetts Avenue Heights neighborhood of DC. The architectural icon by Marshall Moya Architects is artfully situated on an irregularly shaped lot and into the steep slopes the Rock Creek area is known for. The listing can be found on Washington Fine Properties' website. Be sure to check out the AMAZING 3D tour! [Washington Fine Properties]

WSSC Installing New Water Pipes, Designed to Last A Century

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission is taking steps to combat breaking water mains. They're proactively replacing existing pipes with zinc-coated ductile iron pipe protected with V-Bio® poly wrap. This combination of zinc coating and poly wrap work to prevent the formation of corrosion cells. While this new pipe may prevent future breaks it's safe to assume it will also raise the cost for private developers. [WSSC Zinc-Coated Pipe]

Minimum Wage Bill is Vetoed

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett vetoed legislation that would have increased the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2020. The measure was approved by the Council with a 5-4 vote. Six votes are needed to override the veto. Expect a bit of horse trading and a revised bill in the future, likely with a longer phase-in period, and exemptions for small business and youth employees. For what it's worth ... DC is on track for a minimum wage of $15/hour by 2020. [Isiah Leggett Letter]

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