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Restoration & Reuse of Historic Asbury Church

Asbury Church

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Jamie Gaucher, Business and Economic Development Director

               540-687-5152, jgaucher@middleburgva.gov 

 

 

Town of Middleburg Re-Issues Request for Proposals for the Preservation, Restoration and Reuse of Historic Asbury Church 

 

MIDDLEBURG, Va., September 30, 2020 – The Town of Middleburg is re-issuing a request for formal proposals (RFP) for the preservation, restoration, and reuse of the Historic Asbury Church. The Town is the current owner of the property and has invested over $174,000 into the stabilization of the structure. It is the Town’s desire to transfer the property to a new owner who demonstrates the interest and capability in fully restoring, preserving, and maintaining the structure.

 

The Asbury Church is the oldest standing church in Middleburg, dating to 1829. Its storied history includes its use as a storehouse, hospital, and morgue during the Civil War; its transfer from the white Methodist congregation to an African Methodist Episcopal congregation in 1864; its use as a school for African-American children; and its centrality to the African-American community in Middleburg for many years until the property was placed out of active use in 1994.

 

The Town received one formal proposal in response to its prior RFP process. Although the proposal was deemed to lack sufficient detail to continue in the review process, the Town has continued to work with that proposer, as well as with multiple other parties who have expressed continued interest in the Asbury Church. The Town has allowed for an open proposal process, through which two additional proposals have been submitted. During review, the Town has identified additional details needed for those proposals to meet the baseline criteria of the RFP.

 

As a result, the Town is re-issuing the RFP and asking for all interested parties to submit a formal and responsive proposal by 4:00 p.m., December 2, 2020.

 

The Town Council has identified four key objectives for this Request for Proposals:

  • Ensure the long-term preservation of the structure, including both the exterior and interior;
  • Ensure the new owner has the financial capability to conduct the restoration project and to keep the building in a useable, operational status for years to come;
  • Provide benefit to the community by celebrating the history and legacy of the church and property; and
  • Limit any negative impacts of its proposed use on the surrounding community and neighborhood.

 

The Town is seeking proposers who wish to creatively reuse the property while meeting the Council’s goals as closely as possible. The Town Council has indicated its preference to transfer ownership of the property to the successful proposer. 

 

Proposals submitted will meet a list of goals and objectives and will be evaluated on a rating system. The Town has not indicated a preferred sales price, and the financial offer for the property will be considered as the lowest-rated criteria.

 

A copy of the Request for Proposals with more information can be found on the Town’s website at www.middleburgva.gov. Proposals must be submitted to the Town by 4:00 p.m., December 2, 2020.

 

 

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About the Town of Middleburg

Located approximately 50 minutes west of Washington, D.C. in Virginia horse country, the Town of Middleburg has approximately 800 residents. Established in 1787 by Revolutionary War Lieutenant Colonel and Virginia statesman, Levin Powell, the Town was previously called "Chinn's Crossroads." Powell chose the name Middleburg because of the town's location midway between Alexandria and Winchester on the Ashby Gap trading route (now Route 50). Middleburg remains a charming town frequented by visitors who flock to its luxury resort and historic inns, walkable tree-lined streets, signature shops, wineries, cidery/distillery and chef-driven restaurants. Middleburg was recognized in 2008 for its historic preservation efforts by being designated a Preserve America Community. For more information, visit www.MiddleburgVa.gov.   

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