BRISTOL - As the city continues to develop an access road serving Centre Square, it is gearing up to market the site to developers.
“Now, we want to get the word out about our downtown incentives,” said Justin Malley, executive director of the Bristol Development Authority. “We want to be able to reach a variety of audiences for this - from larger-scale developers to small mom-and-pop business owners. Our goal is to market the site to a variety of potential end users.”
The project started at the beginning of the month. So far, the city has excavated to begin installing sewers and storm drainage, said City Engineer Ray Rogozinski. He added that most of the material excavated will be removed.
“We are progressing on schedule,” Rogozinski said, adding that the road is expected to be finished next spring.
Centre Square Access Road will run 900 feet, from the corner of North Main and Laurel streets in front of City Hall to Riverside Avenue. The project includes lights, landscaping, granite curbs and trees.
The road is estimated to cost $2.5 million and will serve the new Bristol Hospital Ambulatory Care Center and future development on the north side of the lot.
It will also provide access to future development on the corner of North Main Street and Riverside Avenue. Rogozinski said the city has been in contact with developers interested in that parcel.
“We are very excited about progress being done with our downtown. This is just the first stage. Soon we will see construction starting on the Bristol Hospital medical center,” Mayor Ken Cockayne said. “Under this administration, Bristol has had a building boom ... bringing in new businesses not only to Bristol but especially to our downtown. We have much more to come, so stay tuned.”
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