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Request for Expressions of Interest for the Rehabilitation, Management and Maintenance: Bullard Farmhouse, Cottage and Barn at Stearns Reservoir, Salem End Road, Framingham

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is pleased to release a Request for Expressions of Interest to solicit ideas for the preservation and management of a ten acre section of DCR parkland located on the banks of the Stearns Reservoir in Framingham. 

The site is a natural oasis in Boston’s busy western suburbs, and includes potential access to recreational opportunities including boating, hiking, bird-watching and picnicking.  The site is also a significant historic landscape, and includes three historic buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

This effort is meant to be an informal way for potentially interested parties to present possible reuse ideas that would:

  • Maximize the property’s potential as a public asset
  • Provide for the rehabilitation, maintenance and management of the historic buildings and surrounding landscape
  • Be financially sustainable
  • Preserve the natural and cultural character of the site

This document is a general description and call for interest and not a request for formal proposals.  Any party with a creative, compatible and feasible idea for the site is encouraged to respond to this RFEI.  Submission of an Expression of Interest will not be a prerequisite for submitting a formal proposal through any future solicitation, nor will DCR consider information submitted at this time to be binding on the respondent.  Responses to this solicitation may be made available to the general public.

DCR will provide an opportunity for interested parties to visit the site, and to discuss ideas and concerns with DCR staff.

Estimated Timeline

  • Release of Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI)
January 2024
  • RFEI closes
March 15, 2024
  • Review and discussion with interested parties
Winter/Spring 2024
  • Release of Request for Proposals
Spring /Summer 2024

Please reference the attached document for more information.

For more information about this RFEI, please contact Joel Zimmerman at

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