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Panel Discusses Rockville Pike Projects

The Associated Builders and Contractors of Metropolitan Washington met for its monthly meeting in Rockville on Wednesday.

White Flint Mall in North Bethesda will be unrecognizable in a few years after the Lerner Corp. is finished redeveloping it, said Francine Waters, senior director of transportation for the corporation.

Waters spoke as a member of a panel which discussed development plans for the Rockville Pike corridor during the Associated Builders and Contractors of Metropolitan Washington monthly meeting on Wednesday.

The 45-acre mall will become a mixed-use megaspace with residential units, commercial offices, anchored by upscale stores like Lord and Taylor.

"We are creating a new city...What you see today will not be there. There will be no mall," Waters told the group. "The actual property itself will look entirely different."

Rod Lawrence, who represented developer JBG on the panel, spoke about a ongoing project to bring Walmart to a site a couple blocks from the Twinbrook metro station.

The 80,000 square foot store would feature about 50,000 square feet of grocery space, Lawrence said. The final design may also include multi-family housing above the big box store.

"It is quite different," Lawrence said.

Editor's Note: This article has been changed from its original version. Bloomingdale's, which is currently located at White Flint Mall, will close before the redevelopment of the property. Lord and Taylor will remain on site.

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