Image by Matt' Johnson.

Well, this is pretty cool. At the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station in Bethesda, a real estate company cut up an old Metro car and turned it into benches to sit on and kiosks where you can buy baked goods, flowers, and clothes.

According to WAMU's Mikaela Lefrak, the retail pop-up pilot will be at the Grosvenor station until June 30th, with the kiosks, housed inside of the refurbished 4000 series railcar, open Wednesdays through Fridays from 3:30 to 7:30 pm.

Image by Matt Johnson.

The plaza is one way that WMATA is looking into whether food vendors, which have long been banned, would work at Metro stations. NBC Washington's Adam Tuss says the space will also be used for performances. 

Fivesquares Development LLC, a DC real estate company, is behind the idea. According to Lefrak:

Fivesquare shipped the 75-foot-long, 80,000-pound car to Robert Mojo, a steel sculptor on Long Island, NY. He sliced it up into separate kiosks, and built an abstract sculpture out of the leftover parts. 

Fivesquare also plans to redevelop the station’s surface parking lot into a mixed-use project called Strathmore Square. The development could include more than 1,000 housing units and retail stores.

GGWash contributors Matt Johnson and Michael Lewis were both at the Grosvenor station yesterday, and they snapped a few photos. Check them out:

Image by Michael Lewis.

Image by Matt Johnson.

Image by Matt Johnson.

Image by Matt Johnson.


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Jonathan Neeley was Greater Greater Washington's staff editor from 2014-2017. He gets most everywhere by bike (or Metro when it's super nasty out), thinks the way planning decisions shape our lives is fascinating, and plays a whole lot of ultimate. He lives in Brookland.