The current Bristol City Hall building was completed in 1963 and is more than showing its age. The building layout is inefficient for conducting City business and difficult to navigate for residents and visitors. The building contains outdated HVAC and mechanical components and does not reflect a modern municipal government operation.
The City Hall Renovation Project will provide a state-of-the-art building for the Bristol community that is designed to meet today’s needs and in a manner that is resilient and sustainable to meet the City of Bristol’s future demands. It is imperative that City Hall renovations meet today’s demands and future challenges by maximizing technology and flexibility of design. The project consists of a complete renovation of the existing facility.
The primary objectives of the renovation project are:
The J.H. Sessions site will be transformed from an underutilized and contaminated property into a vibrant apartment community offering modern living while paying homage to the site’s rich history. The development will include 91 apartment units.
On June 24, 2021, the City of Bristol and New Colony Development were awarded $2 million in CT DECD funding to clean up the J.H. Sessions building. Receiving this funding is the first important step allowing Vesta Corp./BHA and D’Amato to begin the transformation of this property.
This traditional “downtown style” project will include 12 two-bedroom apartments on upper floors over first floor commercial units, including one dedicated restaurant space.
D’Amato Construction Co. is transforming 10 Main Street from an outdated, inefficient office space into a modern building that will appeal to office tenants seeking the highest technology and conveniences in a well-appointed setting.
Residences on Main offers 32 two-bedroom units featuring open concept floor plans, energy-efficient design, private balconies, ample storage, central heating and cooling, security systems and more.
For rental information, visit the Residences On Main website.
Wheeler’s current Bristol Health Center sites, at 10 North Main Street and 225 North Main Street, are unable to expand to meet patient volume and need due to the physical footprint of the buildings. As a result, patient care is split across the two sites, which is a barrier to many patients and not conducive to Wheeler integrated, whole-health mode of care. The consolidation of these services and sites into one Wheeler Health Center site will best meet the patients’ and community’s needs. The proposed Wheeler Bristol center will provide approximately 35,000 square feet to house both of Wheeler’s Bristol Family Health & Wellness Center and administrative departments and will include approximately 217 jobs to be bases at the Centre Square property. Of these jobs, 165 employment positions will be new to Bristol as a result of the relocation of administrative positions currently located in other communities.
The proposed development will contain approximately 90 market-rate apartments with 12,000 square-feet of first floor commercial space featuring a minimum of one dedicated restaurant space on North Main Street in downtown at Centre Square.
The local DoubleTree by Hilton will be constructing a HOME2 hotel, a sophisticated conference/event center appropriate for weddings, corporate events, trainings, and similar gatherings along with an underground parking garage to serve the entire campus. The project includes the construction of an approximately 60,000 square foot HOME2 hotel, 40,000 square foot conference center, and associated parking garage and site improvements. The project encompasses all or a portion of the following properties: 42 Century Drive (part of the existing DoubleTree hotel site), 90 Century Drive, 112 Century Drive, and 150 Century Drive.
The Memorial Boulevard School, recognized by the Connecticut Register of Historic Places, was constructed as Bristol High School in 1922. The school, a dominant feature at the gateway to downtown Bristol, has served the community of Bristol for several generations and in many configurations. Upon redistricting and the opening of two new pre-K-8 schools in the 2012-13 school year, Memorial Boulevard School was turned back to the city and remained dormant save for the occasional municipal training or community interest associated with theater revitalization. Renovation of the building is underway and is expected to be completed for the opening of the school year in the fall of 2022.
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The 60,000 square foot building will contain 60 units and will feature an innovative “KindCare” brand owned by Senior Living Advisors, LLC (Fairfield, CT). The KindCare community (www.kindcare.com) is an innovative model that will feature rates that are 30% less than most assisted living communities with cutting edge technology to keep residents safe, well, and happy. Design features will include Remote Visitation, Telemedicine, and Ultraviolet air handlers that eliminate 99% of viruses and bacteria in the airspace. A wellness center, restaurant, bistro, media room, walking gardens and many social activities which will all contribute to the residents’ well-being.
Centre Square will contain a “City Green” or “City Plaza” public gathering space located on roughly one acre of developable land that will remain following private investments on the site. The City has planned for the inclusion of a public gathering area on Centre Square as a destination for community events. However, rather than selecting a location prior to development efforts, the City elected to allow private development the opportunity to secure preferred locations on the site first. Now, following the successful marketing of the site to private industry, it is time for the City to reserve a portion of the site to offer the community a dedicated downtown gathering area for activities such as the City’s popular Farmers Market (which attracts over 1,000 people each Saturday during the season), holiday events such as tree-lighting ceremonies and hot chocolate in the winter, food trucks and family entertainment in the summer, pumpkin festivals in the fall, and more other seasonal events throughout the year. These events will bolster community pride while helping to support private developments on Centre Square as well as downtown businesses nearby.
For more information about any of these projects or to find out how to get started with your project, contact the Economic & Community Development Office at City Hall.
or Visit: Economic and Community Development Office, 2nd Floor of City Hall, 111 North Main Street