BRISTOL - The parking lot on Main Street was partially sectioned off with traffic cones Wednesday as city trucks went to work cleaning up the site in preparation for development.
“They are beautifying and cleaning up the area,” said Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu on Wednesday. “The area in which they are working is where the future walkway will be, connecting the interior surface parking lot on Parcel 9 to Main Street. The parking lot for Parcel 9 is being built this spring.”
Zoppo-Sassu added that the developer for Parcel 9 should be coming before the city’s land use boards within the next couple months. Additionally, surveyor Bob Green will be working on the site to complete engineering work.
In December, Zoppo-Sassu said that Parcel 9 will ultimately have a lighted walkway from the parking lot to Main Street.
“We are going to create interior parking that everybody can use - including people who want to go to Pint & Plate or The Bristol Press,” said Zoppo-Sassu at the time. “Eventually, as demand grows, this could become a parking structure, but right now it’s going to be a surface parking lot.”
Last summer, near the site of Parcel 9, the city paved a 300-foot-long strip for young bike riders to practice bike tricks. This, the city hoped, would help to keep them off of public streets and out of traffic.
This spring, Zoppo-Sassu said that work is expected to begin on Parcel 10, which is a half-acre lot facing Main Street between the Bristol Health building and the railroad trestle. In September 2019, the city sold this land to Wesley Cyr and Oliver Wilson, of Harwinton, for $35,000.
The letter of intent for Parcel 10 states that there will be a building constructed with ground-floor commercial space and 12 to 15 estimated market-rate apartments on the upper floors.
Once this parking lot is developed, the city will create parallel parking spaces along Riverside Avenue between Main and North Main streets and another lot in Centre Square, which will be accessible from Hope Street.
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