The sales schedule for the National 4-H Conference Center at 7100 Connecticut Ave. Chevy Chase remains uncertain despite an initial projection that a bidder would be selected by June.
The National 4-H Council announced in mid-March that it was selling the building due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The commercial real estate company CBRE has put the property up for sale on its website.
A first statement from the city On March 26, 4-H and CBRE representatives told city officials that they plan to select a winning bid by the end of June and close the sale by the end of the year.
Friday the property was still for sale on the CBRE website. It is listed as 12.3 acres in an R-60 zone, allowing residential units with a minimum area of 6,000 square feet.
CBRE Executive Vice President Scott Gabrielsen wrote in an email to Bethesda Beat on Wednesday in response to a question about choosing a winning bidder that “our standard response is no comment.”
The National 4-H Council, in a statement to Bethesda Beat on Thursday, wrote that it had “continued to receive great interest from potential buyers” in the site and “was heading for the sale to close. before the end of the year”.
“We are in the early stages of moving this process forward with a potential buyer and look forward to sharing updates on the selling process as a result,” the read.
Chevy Chase Mayor Barney Rush told Bethesda Beat on Friday that the city had not heard from CBRE or 4-H on the latest bidding process.
Rush noted that 464 people participated in a investigation, published last month, which assessed people’s preferences for the future of property.
Of those who responded to the survey:
- 132 indicated that their top priority for the good is an institution, such as a religious institution, non-profit organization or foundation
- 127 want the property to be primarily for residential purposes
- 59 want it to house a private school
- 74 indicated a preference for another use
- 72 gave no preference
Some respondents also submitted comments with recommendations for the good. These included:
• preservation of the forest and open spaces
• provide amenities such as a clubhouse and dog park
• a mix of different types of accommodation
• prevent traffic jams.
“There is a strong interest in some goals like having a path through the woods, which we want to see preserved. And also an interest in additional land that can be used for different purposes, ”said Rush. “Frankly, we are all waiting for an official announcement here.”
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