The Town of Orleans and the Orleans Affordable Housing Trust (AHT) purchased the closed Governor Prence Motel in 2021 to investigate its possible use for municipal uses, including affordable housing. The Governor Prence Planning Committee was appointed by the Select Board and spent a year working with a consultant to analyze the site, undertake community engagement efforts, look at development options, and develop recommendations for re-use of the site. The report of the Planning Committee and the final consultant’s report were submitted to the Select Board and AHT Board in September 2022, and approved in November 2022. See Governor Prence Planning Committee webpage for details of the Committee's deliberations. Links to documents include:
Recommendations from Governor Prence Planning Committee to Select Board and Affordable Housing Trust Board, September 30, 2022.
RFP for Redevelopment of 66&76 Route 6A (formerly Governor Prence Motel): the Request for Proposals for the redevelopment of the site was issued on August 31, 2023, with proposals due by November 29, 2023.