Pullen House Moves to Uncertain ‘Next Chapter’

The Purcellville Town Council last week abandoned, for now, its efforts to sell the Pullen House property it owns adjacent to the Fireman’s Field complex.

After years of discussion about how to generate more revenue from town assets, the council solicited bids to purchase the property—a long-unmaintained home on a half-acre lot along South 20th Street. The town purchased the property in 2011 for $175,000.

Three bids were received, but only one was deemed a qualified response. According to the town staff, the highest bid, $303,000, was submitted before the council issued a bid amendment requiring the preservation of a large oak tree on the property and the bidder subsequently withdrew the offer. The second highest bid came in at $233,950, but lacked the required deposit and was deemed unqualified. That left a bid of $101,000, which the council and the staff deemed insufficient. 

At its Sept. 28 meeting, the council formally voted to reject all bids.

What’s next? That’s not clear. 

Councilman Tip Stinnette noted that options to repair or raze the home would be costly, and it wasn’t clear that the property would provide a significant amount of additional parking for the recreation complex. And, he said, there is still the possibility of listing the property for sale on the real estate market, rather than a bid process. 

“I look forward to the next chapter in this,” he said.

Mayor Kwasi Fraser said he’ll be looking for creative ideas for the property and continued to hold out hope it could be a revenue generator for the town.

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