Potomac billionaire Mitchell Rales won a major victory Tuesday in his quest for a sewer connection for his Glenstone art gallery, a collection of abstract expressionists’ work widely viewed as one of the most significant in private hands.
In a nonbinding straw vote, the nine-member Montgomery County Council gave unanimous approval to Rales’s sewer request, which he has said would help him build an even bigger gallery on his 200-acre estate off Glen Road.
The council is expected to formally approve the request this month.
“We continue to be optimistic,” said Charles Maier, a spokesman for Rales. “We are not there yet, but we are pleased with what was said at the council.”
Glenstone is a little-known gallery that is open Thursdays and Fridays by appointment only. Rales, 55, who co-founded the highly successful Danaher, a manufacturing giant, has said he would eventually like to build another gallery that would rival the size and scope of the East Building of the National Gallery of Art.