Conference Center Garage (P781401)

  • Category: General Government

  • Sub Category: Economic Development

  • Administering Agency: Economic Development (AAGE06)

  • Planning Area: North Bethesda-Garrett Park

  • Date Last Modified: 4/21/14

  • Required Adequate Public Facility: No

  • Relocation Impact: None

  • Status: Preliminary Design Stage




This project provides for the design of a structured parking garage to accommodate the current and future parking needs of the North Bethesda Conference Center, which is jointly owned by Montgomery County and the State of Maryland. The garage is needed in order to replace the parking spaces that are being lost due to the construction and realignment of roads in the White Flint area (see CIP #501506). The garage will consist of approximately 850 spaces and will be operated by the management company of the Conference Center, Marriott International, in accordance with the County's existing agreement with Marriott. It is anticipated that groundbreaking for the garage will occur in the first quarter of 2015, followed by a twelve to fifteen month construction period.


Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center at 5701 Marinelli Rd, Bethesda, MD 20852

Estimated Schedule

Design will begin in FY14 and is expected be completed in FY15. Construction will begin in FY15 and will be completed by FY16.


Significant changes and development activity will occur around the Conference Center property in accordance with the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan (WFSP), which will require the conversion of the conference center's parking from a surface lot to a structured garage. Per the Sector Plan, Executive Boulevard will be realigned to allow for a standard four-way intersection. The addition of several smaller streets will break up block sizes into more pedestrian scale blocks, contributing to the goal of the WFSP to create a pedestrian friendly environment. These roadway modifications will significantly impact the size of the Conference Center property. The realignment of Executive Boulevard will cut across the northwest corner of the site, while the addition of the new Market Street will eliminate a 70-foot strip along the northern edge of the property. In addition, the new Woodglen Drive to the east will bisect the site into east and west parcels. These changes will significantly reduce the current number of available surface parking space. Therefore, a parking garage must be constructed to accommodate the parking needs of the conference center. Operating profits from the garage will accrue to the County's General Fund through its management agreement with Marriott and will be accounted for in the Conference Center NDA.


The project is currently funded through design only. Construction funds will be sought through a future CIP Supplemental Appropriation and Amendment request after preliminary design produces a more accurate estimate of construction costs.

Fiscal Note

As the result of a joint agreement between Montgomery County, the Maryland Department of Transportation, and Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT), the County received the proceeds of $21 million from a transaction involving State Highway Administration surplus land in White Flint. The surplus property was sold to an adjacent developer (FRIT) at full market value, resulting in a net gain of $21 million dollars for the County. As part of the agreement with the State, these land sale proceeds are designated to fund the design and construction of a multi-level parking garage at the site of the County/State owned Bethesda North Conference Center. The funds are being held in an escrow account that is jointly controlled by the County and the State. An FY14 supplemental appropriation request was approved for this project for the amount of $1,500,000.

The Executive asserts that this project conforms to the requirements of relevant local plans, as required by the Maryland Economic Growth, Resource Protection and Planning Act


Department of Economic Development, Department of Transportation, Office of the County Executive, Department of Finance, Office of the County Attorney, Maryland Stadium Authority, Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland State Highway Administration