BRISTOL –Development efforts downtown are continuing, with the filing of a letter of intent for Parcel 1 and a portion of Parcel 3 in Centre Square.
Tabacco & Son Builders, Inc. and its investment team intend to partner with the owners of Ristorante Francescos, who have another location at 318 Franklin Ave., Hartford, to build a 20,000 square-foot, two-story commercial building. The property would be located at the corner of Riverside Ave. and North Main St. and will contain several tenant spaces, including a 5,000 square-foot restaurant space, 2,500 square feet of retail and office space on the first floor and 10,000 square feet of tenant office space on the first floor.
Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu said that in speaking with the interested parties, they mentioned the possibility of creating commercial office spaces, potentially a bank or a small place to get lunch which wouldn’t conflict with the restaurant.
“We might also create a gateway or a Welcome to Bristol decoration across from the restaurant where The Patch used to be,” she said. “The Patch was located on the site of Parcel 2, which has a Pequabuck River conduit running underneath it so you can’t build on it.”
Justin Malley, executive director of the Bristol Development Authority stated that “It is exciting to work with Tabacco & Son Builders, Francesco’s Ristorante, and their team on a project that represents an ideal example of the type of development the community is looking for on Centre Square.”
“This project will complement Bristol Health’s fine work on the site as well as the top-level development planned for Parcel 10 from Cyr & Wilson Development,” he added.
The city council also received an update on the status of the development of Parcel 10, located North of the Bristol Health Medical Care Center on Main Street, which had a letter of intent filed for it last December.
Zoppo-Sassu said that Cyr & Wilson is completing their design plans for the mixed-use, four-story building as outlined in the letter. Work is expected to begin in August. The building will contain retail on the first floor and market-rate apartments on the upper floor.
“We are also speaking with them about creating a pedestrian walkway that will lead people from Main Street to the interior of the site,” said Zoppo-Sassu. “This will be a city investment and we expect to be starting when the work on Parcel 10 begins.”
The city is also speaking with Milone & MacBroom about additional streetscape work along Riverside Avenue, which could include 48 additional on-street parking spaces for Main Street businesses.
Additionally, Councilor David Mills reported that Better Half Brewing and Moe’s Brick Oven Pizza will be opening soon downtown.
“We understand that the renovations of the former CVS space on North Main Street are nearing completion and the beer is being brewed,” said Mills, who also serves on the Bristol Development Authority. “This is going to be a great compliment to the downtown scene.”
Zoppo-Sassu said Bristol Health’s investment in downtown was a catalyst for other development.
“With so much history built into what has occurred here for the last 50 years it is really important that Centre Square development be thoughtful and reflect the community’s needs,” she said. “Health care, in terms of employment and patients, will bring people downtown. It is a true case of connecting the dots and creating a network of destinations whether it is for government services, lunch after work gatherings or professional and financial services.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.