BETHESDA, Md. -
Crews moved the Wilson Store on Saturday night from its location on Wisconsin Avenue to its new home on Middleton Lane.
The building was built in the 1890s and designated historic in the 1980s.
Developer Carr Properties paid for the building to be moved so that they can build in its place. The Purple Line would run under the Wisconsin Avenue location.
"It means the beginning of the end for this building -- no doubt about it. Hopefully, the Purple Line gets what they're looking for at the bottom of the building," said Bethesda resident Mike Jeffers.
We reached out to Carr properties but did not get a response back.
Chevy Chase residents pushing to save a historic building suffered a blow this week, as the court ruled against their appeal to keep the former Community Paint and Hardware Store in its original location.
The ruling allowed Carr Construction to literally halve the building so it can be moved several blocks down and off Wisconsin Avenue.
The board found that the plaintiffs had no standing in their argument.
But residents Deborah Vollmer, John Fitzgerald and Gutam Prakash are not giving up; they're now taking their case to Maryland’s Board of Special Appeals.
"I can't think of a better way to describe harming a building, except complete demolishment of it, other than cutting it in half and moving it way out of the way from its original site,” Fitzgerald said.
The building is being moved for construction connected to the Purple Line.