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March 6, 2023

Town of Ashland seeks to create destination out of downtown fire station

Photo | Courtesy of the Town of Ashland The Town of Ashland is seeking to redevelop its downtown fire station.

As construction for a new public-safety building nears completion in Ashland, the Town is seeking proposals to fill its soon-to-be-vacant fire station at 151 Main St. with what it hopes will become a draw for residents and visitors.

The two-story structure was built in 1927 and is approximately 4,637 square feet. It features 18 parking spaces, according to a Feb. 22 press release from the Town.

“This site provides an opportunity for a community partner to bring something that complements the significant investment we have made in our downtown, ” Ashland Town Manager Michael Herbert said in the press release. “This location is ideal for a business or organization to utilize and add to the vibrancy of the area.”

The building is surrounded by commercial and residential buildings in a downtown area the Town is seeking to revitalize.

A similar project found success in Marlborough where a former fire station in Marlborough closed in 1995 and was redeveloped into retail and offices. The building is currently home to a wine store called The Vin Bin among other businesses.

Proposals must be received by the town manager’s office by 11 a.m. on March 30.

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