Northwood Presbyterian Church, which has been in the community for 65 years, has just listed its 7+ acre property for sale or lease.
Located at 1200 University Blvd. West in Kemp Mill, Northwood is seeking proposals from development partners that would weave the church and its mission into the next iteration of the property.
The decision to list the property for sale or lease comes after consideration by congregants and church leadership for more than three years. The number of people attending in-person church services is decreasing in line with national trends impacting many churches, and maintenance costs are rising across aging and underutilized properties. As more congregations seek to assess all viable options, Northwood joins a growing number turning to redevelopment with a partner.
“As we stand on the threshold of a new phase of growth, we reflect on our collective desire to become more deeply integrated within the fabric of our community. This redevelopment opportunity provides our church with a chance to embody the belief that a church is not defined by the walls that encase it, but rather by the love, compassion, and unity that thrives within its members,” said Rev. Dr. Chris Deacon, the pastor of Northwood Presbyterian Church. “Through this strategic move, Northwood aims to forge partnerships that will not only revitalize the area but also bring enduring value to the lives of those in this community.”
Northwood currently incorporates multi-use spaces throughout the property on the 7+ acres the church owns. Sligo Creek Parkway and walking trails are directly connected to the property, which is surrounded by multifamily developments, single-family housing, nursing homes, and outdoor public facilities.
“With a deep sense of gratitude for its rich history and a vision for a vibrant future, Northwood would ideally be incorporated into the redevelopment plans of the buyer,” added Deacon. “We have been a presence, witness, and partner in the greater Wheaton area since 1958, and have spent the last several years thoughtfully engaging in where we feel God is calling us to grow. Now is the time for our church’s rebirth, and we are seeking a development partner that has the vision to collaborate on new uses for the property that will benefit the community for many years to come.”
More information may be obtained by contacting Andrew Genova, MPS at [email protected] or at (301) 512-8298.
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