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Sewer line approved for art gallery in Potomac

Wednesday - 7/25/2012, 1:28pm  ET

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - The Montgomery County Council has approved a sewer line for a billionaire businessman's art gallery in Potomac.

The proposal for Mitchell Rales' Glenstone gallery was approved Tuesday. It now goes to the Maryland Department of the Environment for further review.

The gallery is in an area of the county where septic systems are required to control growth, but Rales had sought a waiver from the ban. Rales has said he wants to build a new gallery and would prefer a sewer connection because septic systems have a life span of 25 to 50 years.

Rales' spokesman says the businessman hopes to begin construction by the end of 2013 or beginning of 2014.

Rales' art collection is widely considered one of the most extensive post-World War II assemblages of abstract expressionists.


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