ASHLAND 2021

Looking to the future, while preserving the past: that’s the central idea behind three dynamic projects taking shape in Downtown Ashland now through 2021.

  • A new Town Hall to support civic action.

  • A new train platform equipped to welcome all.

  • A new landscape inviting visitors to stroll the streets.

Track progress on all of Ashland’s exciting projects via the websites listed below, and by following #Ashland2021 on Instagram and Facebook.


ASHLAND TOWN HALL PROJECT

Above is a rendering of the new Town Hall as seen from Route 54 facing southwest.

Above is a rendering of the new Town Hall as seen from Route 54 facing southwest.

The Town of Ashland is investing in its Town Hall to:

improve your public meeting spaces, make a new home for the Ashland Farmer’s Market, create a public park, and more.

Ashland’s new Town Hall will be equipped to support the needs of our local government and residents, now and into the future.

Details:

  • Anticipated Timeline:
    July 2019 (start) to Winter 2021 (end)

  • Phases of Construction
    Phase 1: building (Fall 2020 completion)
    Phase 2: parking lot (Winter 2021 completion)

  • Parking & Street Closures:
    Parking on Duncan Street is closed. Ample public parking is available, as seen here.
    Sign up for Ashland 311 to be notified of traffic changes.

  • More Information:
    Town of Ashland’s Town Hall project site

  • Questions?
    Contact: Ingrid Stenbjørn
    email / 804.752.6875


AMTRAK PLATFORM PROJECT

Above is a rendering of the new train platforms as seen from Route 54 facing north.

Above is a rendering of the new train platforms as seen from Route 54 facing north.

Amtrak is investing in Ashland’s historic train station to:

improve accessibility (ADA compliant), preserve historic character, create more seating, and replace landscaping.

These improvements ensure that Ashland can accommodate and welcome ALL travelers.

Being more user-friendly, Downtown Ashland will hold greater appeal to visitors, customers, and residents alike.

Details:

  • Anticipated Timeline:
    October 16, 2019 to Fall 2020 (end)

  • Phases of Construction
    Phase 1: southern section
    Phase 2: northern section

  • Parking & Street Closures:
    Parking on North Railroad Avenue will be closed. Ample public parking is available, as seen here.
    Sign up for Ashland 311 to be notified of traffic changes.

  • More Information:
    Town of Ashland’s Amtrak project site

  • Questions?
    Kathleen Hall
    email / 804.752.6875


DOWNTOWN ASHLAND PLANTERS PROJECT

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Downtown Ashland Association is investing in planters to:

make Downtown Ashland more walkable by embarking on a $30,000 campaign to raise funds and install large evergreens in planters with solar-powered lighting.

The finished project will link Ashland Theatre, Randolph-Macon College, and other amenities to restaurants, shops, and lodging.

Sponsor a planter today! The community will benefit from your generosity, and you will see the immediate effect of your gift.

Sponsor a Planter

Details:

  • Anticipated Timeline:
    August 2019 (start) to Fall 2020 (end)

  • Sponsor a planter for $1,500:
    Payment can be made immediately, or split over two years.
    Your name, or your chosen honoree, will be engraved on the planter.

  • Accessibility:
    Project provides for pedestrian sidewalks and driving visibility.

  • More Information:
    Planters project site

  • Questions?
    Maggie Beal Longest
    email / 804.496.1434