BRISTOL - The downtown committee of the Bristol Development Authority unanimously passed a motion to accept the master plan for the development of Centre Square at Thursday night’s meeting.
The plan, which was created by engineering consultant Milone & MacBroom, pertains to the area of Centre Square that will not be used for the new Bristol Hospital Ambulatory Care Center.
The ambulatory care center is being constructed by Rendina Healthcare Real Estate, and is set to be built on the portion of Centre Square at the corner of Main Street and Riverside Avenue.
The area of Centre Square that falls under the plan spans from the corner of Riverside Avenue up North Main Street to the McDonald’s.
The plan includes the construction of a central roadway and access drive, which will divide the Centre Square site into smaller properties. A bus stop will be constructed on the roadway for CT Transit and CTFastrak.
Part of the plan is the construction of 88,000 square feet of two-story buildings, similar to the ones already in downtown. The buildings will be placed along the roadways and the city would market them to attract businesses.
Streetscape improvements are part of the plan, which turns excess road space on North Main Street and Riverside Avenue into additional on-street parking. There will also be lane reconfiguration on these roads.
Inside Centre Square, there will be several small interior parking areas scattered throughout the site. The plan states that if necessary, an additional parking garage can be included in the future, which would be located on the north-end of the property near the McDonald’s.
However, if the city feels additional buildings are needed, an alternative location for the parking garage would be along the railroad tracks, and buildings would be developed on the north-end of the site near McDonald’s.
Pedestrian routes are also being considered in the plan and would connect many small, open-space areas scattered throughout the site to encourage pedestrians to explore the entire site.
It was noted in the meeting that the plan will now be referred to the Bristol Development Authority, which can begin to market the site and attract businesses.
It was also stated that construction of the roadway should begin in mid-October and most of the roadway’s construction could be finished by early November.
Lorenzo Burgio can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 860-973-5088.