BRISTOL - The Bristol Development Authority approved the master plan for the development at Centre Square and the landscape plan for the Bristol Hospital Ambulatory Care Center at Monday night’s meeting.
The master plan, which was approved by the downtown committee of the development authority earlier this month, was created by engineering consultant Milone & MacBroom. It pertains to the portion of Centre Square that will not be part of the ambulatory care center.
Included is the construction of a central roadway, bus stops, two-story buildings, on-street parking, scattered parking lots, lane reconfigurations and streetscape improvements.
Justin Malley, executive director of the development authority, explained an alternative plan for a parking garage and public comments were incorporated in the master plan.
“The only things that changed, is that Milone & MacBroom incorporated public comments,” he said, and “the option to relocate the parking on the site to the center of the site, rather than having the parking garage sort of to the north end of the site near McDonald’s, which would eat up some of the prime developable area.”
The landscape plan, which was created by Rendina Healthcare Real Estate and Bristol Hospital, was approved by the downtown committee of the development authority earlier this month. It pertains to the portion of Centre Square from the sidewalk of Riverside Avenue up the slight hill to the parking lot.
Malley explained that part of the purchase and sale agreement between Bristol Hospital and the city required the development authority to approve the landscaping plan.
“This is required per the purchase and sale agreement for the BDA to look at the landscaping plan for this specific area of the site,” Malley said.
Mayor Ken Cockayne said, “Per the purchase and sale agreement, they had to show what their landscape was going to look like. Part of the council’s concern was that we weren’t going to be looking at asphalt from Riverside Avenue.
“I think they did a very good job, incorporating a bunch of different landscaping, both short and tall, and trees that will mature with age. It is going to hide the parking lot, which was the council’s concern.”
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