Reed help Cut the Ribbon on Newly-Renovated Affordable Homes in Cumberland’s Ashton Village


Press Conference

CUMBERLAND, RI – On Monday, Senator Reed help cut the ribbon on 53 newly-renovated, affordable rental homes for individuals and families
at Ashton Village in Cumberland’s Ashton Historic District. The homes are located
alongside the Blackstone River adjacent to the Blackstone River Bikeway and the
Blackstone River State Park. The Ashton Historic District is included on the
National Register of Historic Places and has been described as one of the most
intact and exemplary remaining 19th century mill villages in the nation. It is part
of the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, which continues to take
shape as the National Park Service (NPS) and multiple stakeholders remain engaged in
the process. Senator Reed introduced legislation to create the park in an effort to
preserve the industrial heritage of the Blackstone Valley, protect environmental
resources, and provide opportunities for tourism, education, and recreation. The
legislation was signed into law by President Obama in December of 2014. As a member
of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Reed has worked to provide funding
for the park each year since its creation.