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 The building contains outdated HVAC and mechanical components and does not reflect a modern municipal government operation.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:
City Departments to be relocated to temporary spaces during renovations.
The City of Bristol has announced that renovations to City Hall are anticipated to begin in the spring of 2022. All City departments will be relocated to temporary office spaces during the anticipated 18-month renovation. The renovation project is planned with City departments intended to occupy “swing spaces” at the former Webster Bank building at 150 Main Street, the former Bristol Courthouse located above the Bristol Police Department next door to the current City Hall, and at the Youth & Community Services offices at 51 High Street during the entire renovation period. The staff of the main office of Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth & Community Services has already completed the move to the Youth & Community Services building, located at 51 High Street as of January 31.
Click here to read the full press release and for more information and details about specific dates of each department’s move to temporary “swing spaces.”
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.kindcareusa.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.
Construction is underway and is expected to last about 14 months with the facility being ready for residents in spring of 2023. The community will be managed by Charter Senior Living, a nationally recognized senior living management company.
Construction site photo – July 2022
A Groundbreaking Ceremony was held on March 22, 2022. City officials, members of Senior Living Advisors and Charter Senior Living, along with Thomaston Savings Bank executives were in attendance.
The proposed Wheeler Health facility will serve dual purposes as both a corporate headquarters as well as a community healthcare facility serving children, families, and adults. The building will host 200+ employees.
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 90-suite HOME2 Suites by Hilton Hotel, a new 50,000 square foot conference/event 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. Completion of this project is expected in mid- to late-2022 with the opening of the conference/event center in early 2023.
To learn more, visit the Bristol Event Center website.
Rendering of finished Home2 Suites hotel addition and the new Bristol Event Center.
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.
Centre Square Village – Phase 1 Renderings.
The Vesta/BHA Joint Venture proposal will transform the J.H. Sessions site from an underutilized and contaminated property into a vibrant apartment community offering modern living while paying homage to the site’s rich history. Phase I of construction will include developing 56 living units in the Sessions structure itself, with the potential of up to 40 additional units as part of Phase II. The most historically significant elements of the existing J.H. Sessions structure will remain, including the impressive “U-shaped” main building. There will be demolition of certain areas of the structure shown that pose the most significant environmental challenges. In addition to streamlining environmental cleanup, this demolition will also create areas for vehicle parking and additional outdoor gathering space . The look and feel of the new building will be carefully constructed to reflect the historic nature of the original structure.
An architect’s rendering of what the outside of the building will look like once renovated.
An example of what the apartment floor plans will look like.
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.
This traditional “downtown style” project will include 12 two-bedroom apartments on upper floors over first floor commercial units, including one dedicated restaurant space.
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.
Visit the MBIAMS Website for more information and updates.
Members of the Bristol community gathered on June 16, 2021 for a beam signing ceremony to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the historic building that once was Bristol High School, then Memorial Boulevard Middle School, and now being renovated to become the new Memorial Boulevard Intradistrict Magnet School.
An architectural rendering of what the new MBIAMS will look like when construction is completed.
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