2021 | Development

4-H property under contract with two developers

One specializes in communities for older residents

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Two developers have signed a purchase and sale agreement for the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase.

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The National 4-H Conference Center on Connecticut Avenue, which was put up for sale this spring, is under contract with two developers, the Town of Chevy Chase announced on its website Tuesday.

Galerie Living, an Atlanta developer specializing in communities for older residents, and D.C.-based developer Community Three have signed a purchase and sale agreement for the property, according to the town’s message.

The National 4-H Council announced in mid-March that it was selling the building due to economic challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic. The commercial real estate broker CBRE had listed the building for sale.

Tuesday’s message from the town did not include any details about either developer’s specific plans for the property. The buyers are scheduled to give a presentation to the town in a virtual forum at 6 p.m. on Sept. 9.

Galerie Living has worked on projects that include urban residential communities, mixed-use developments, commercial developments, resort-style campuses and communities for older populations, according to its website.

Community Three’s properties include a mix of commercial and residential developments. Among the properties listed on its website are Grosvenor Park in North Bethesda and The Lauren condominium complex in downtown Bethesda. Community Three’s specialties include historic preservation and adaptive reuse, according to its website.

Representatives from Galerie Living and Community Three could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday.

Town officials will communicate with the developers about the site plan for the property following the presentation Sept. 9, the town’s message states. The discussion will include comments made by residents in a May survey about the future of the property.

After a proposed site plan is completed, the two developers will be asked to present their plan to the town in another public meeting.

Chevy Chase Town Council Member Joel Rubin told Bethesda Beat Tuesday afternoon that he has not seen the contract with Galerie Living and Community Three.

“We’re gonna learn their plans that evening,” he said of the meeting on Sept. 9.

Rubin said the hourlong presentation from the developers next month will be followed by a regular meeting of the Town Council, at which point members of the public can speak during the regular public comment portion of the meeting.

Rubin said next month’s meeting will be “the beginning of a discussion” town leaders will have with the two developers in the weeks and months ahead.

Town officials have said previously that although the 4-H sale is a private transaction, they want the new owners of the building to address a number of issues, such as stormwater management, tree conservation, school capacity and traffic management.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com