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In December, the new owners of the 4-H property, Galerie Living and Community Three, informed the Town that they had begun developing a concept plan for redevelopment of the property, taking into account the Town’s September 30 letter, and will work most of January on refining that concept. The owners anticipate presenting a concept plan to the Town in mid-February.
The owners expect the planning and entitlement processes to take at least 30 months. In the interim, they will temporarily fence the property while it is vacant. Since the fence will be located in the front yards of the property, and the Town does not allow front yard fences, the Town Council approved a variance request, with conditions, at its January 19 meeting. More information is available in the January 19 Council Reporter.
We encourage all residents to listen and participate as we learn more about the redevelopment plans for the 4-H property.
The 4-H Center property, located at 7100 Connecticut Avenue, is a unique 12.28-acre parcel within the Town of Chevy Chase. The Town has had a long standing and cordial relationship with the 4-H Center, as evidenced by the following documents: (i) a Memorandum of Understanding that governs various matters regarding the use of the site; and (ii) a Ground Lease and Development Agreement that gives the Town the right to maintain a garage on the site until 2028. In addition, a Declaration of Covenants from 1968 establishes an 81-foot setback along Thornapple Street (the location of Thornapple Street and the 81-foot setback in relation to the 4-H Center property is depicted on this subdivision plan). The Town has certain regulatory authorities over all development within the municipal Town limits, including a building ordinance, an urban forest ordinance, and a water drainage ordinance.
The Town Council has approved a policy statement that establishes opportunities to be sought and issues to be addressed to guide the Town’s engagement with prospective bidders and the seller. Also, the Town continues to welcome feedback about interests or concerns Town residents may have regarding the future use of the site. 464 people completed the recent survey (see below). It closed on Monday, May 24, but please continue to send us emails with your comments. The Town presented a report of the survey results at the Town Council meeting on June 9 at 7 p.m. and in a Town Crier on June 10. Additionally, the Town is likely to send another survey after 4-H selects a buyer.
Friends and neighbors have come together both informally and formally to share their concerns, solutions, and general ideas about the 4-H Conference Center property that was listed for sale on March 18, 2021. This report is a summary of approximately three months of communication among the residents of the Town of Chevy Chase.
To encourage dialogue, the Town of Chevy Chase reached out to the community in a variety of ways. First, there were, and continue to be, touchpoints such as 4-H committee meetings, listening sessions, a town forum, a walkthrough of adjacent backyards, and meetings with neighboring residents.
Second, the Town Council and the 4-H Committee have endeavored to track preferences through an online survey (raw data in Excel file), which was launched on May 17, 2021 and completed by 464 residents. Residents have also come together to express their ideas through four letters and twenty-seven emails. There was no consensus; however, there were many preferences and recommendations articulated.
Many residents joined listening sessions, participated in the town forum, opened their backyards, met with the Town Council, signed on to letters, sent emails, and completed the survey. Any form of communication is welcome, and we hope it will continue!