ASHLAND – The Town of Ashland is currently seeking a creative partner to transform the historic home and barn fondly referred to as the Valentine Estate, located at 133 West Union Street, into a thriving, prosperous commodity for residents and visitors to enjoy for years to come.
To that end, Ashland has issued a request for proposals (RFP) hoping to find someone in the non-profit or for-profit sectors to help the town achieve this goal.
The Valentine Property Committee has been hard at work over the last year trying to find the perfect fit for the future of the Valentine Property located at 133 West Union Street.
After investigating and hearing presentations from similar projects in neighboring communities, the Committee developed a list of ideas and uses for this unique, historic property. This includes, but is not limited to, a performance space, a farm-to-table homestead and restaurant, a bed-and-breakfast, and a community farm.
“By working together in a public/private partnership we hope to create a viable, unique and self-sustaining Ashland asset” says Town Manager Michael Herbert.
The property itself consists of 7.67 acres, a historic barn, and residence located at 133 West Union Street, Ashland. The Town is hopeful that someone will step forward to bring life back to the historic Valentine Barn, a 2.5 story gable front barn which was built in the 1750s and moved to the property during the early to mid-1800s. The original beauty of the barn remains and could serve many different functions.
The Valentine Residence is a 19th century Colonial. 14 rooms, 8 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and 4 fireplaces could serve as a lovely B&B or home for a caretaker.
It is situated on Route 135 which connects the network of cities and towns throughout MetroWest. Ashland is the heart of MetroWest; it is 30 minutes from Boston and 30 minutes from Worcester.
“The Valentine property holds much promise and we look forward to partnering with someone who shares the community vision of bringing life back into this site while preserving its rich history,” said Herbert.
To apply or learn more visit, https://www.ashlandmass.com/Bids.aspx.