Economic Development Projects

Under Construction

Current Bristol Economic Development Projects

City Hall Renovation Project – Learn more about the Downtown Neighborhood

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 The building contains outdated HVAC and mechanical components and does not reflect a modern municipal government operation.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:

  • Increase efficiencies and improve office space for residents and city staff utilizing the building.
  • Replace existing mechanical systems (heat, air conditioning and potable water and sanitary facilities).
  • Improve ADA accessibility to and within the building.
  • Improve security
  • Improve exterior building aesthetics

City Departments to be relocated to temporary spaces during renovations – Click Here for locations of each department.
Renovations are expected to be completed in the fall of 2023 when all departments will move back into City Hall.

See the final renovated building rendering below along with a construction photos.

rendering of Bristol City Hall renovations

Construction Photo from March 2023:

Bristol Connecticut City Hall Renovation photo

Aerial view of construction progress of City Hall renovations from April 2023:

Drone photo of Bristol City Hall renovations

Municipal Parking Garage – Learn more about the Downtown Neighborhood

Construction has commenced on the 154-space parking garage at the corner of Meadow St. and Kelly St. (back of Police Complex). The parking garage will support City Hall and Police Complex functions and serve as parking for 35 Post Office personnel. The need for the parking garage is driven by the development by Carrier Construction of the Centre Square parcel located across from City Hall and the Police Complex, where parking is currently located. Construction of the Municipal Parking Garage is anticipated to be completed in October 2023.

Construction photo from April 2023:

photo of construction of Municipal parking garage in Bristol Connecticut

KindCare Assisted Living – Learn more about the Downtown Neighborhood

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 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 to be completed by June 2023. For more information, visit the KindCare Sales Center at 430 North Main Street in Bristol. You can also view more photos and explore all the amenities that this new assisted living facility will offer by visiting the Bristol KindCare website.

Rendering of KindCare assisted living building

rendering of a typical room at KindCare

Wheeler Health Headquarters and Facility at Centre Square – Learn more about the Downtown Neighborhood

The new 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.

Wheeler’s two Family Health & Wellness Centers in Bristol, and many administrative departments at Wheeler’s corporate headquarters, will be consolidating to a new, more accessible downtown site in Centre Square, which will allow Wheeler to include services such as nutrition and wellness programs and impact other unmet primary care and behavioral health needs in the community.

See a rendering of the building and photos of the construction underway at Centre Square below.

Wheeler Health Center at Centre Square building rendering

Construction photo from March 2023:

Wheeler Health construction photo March 2023

Construction photos from April 2023:

Construction photo of Wheeler Health facility in Bristol Connecticut

Construction photo of Wheeler Health facility in Bristol Connecticut

Watch the time lapse video of construction from March 17 through April 4, 2023:

Hilton HOME2 and Conference Center – Learn more about the Lake District Neighborhood

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 with the opening of the conference/event center in the fall of 2023.

To learn more, visit the Bristol Event Center website.

Bristol Event Center at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Rendering of finished Home2 Suites hotel addition and the new Bristol Event Center.

By Carrier Centre Square Mixed-Use Development – Learn more about the Downtown Neighborhood

The approved development will contain two four-story buildings that will have 104 apartments in total. Each of the two buildings will have a total of 76,000 square for a total of 152,000 square feet with two elevators. The buildings are designed to have 7,800 square feet of commercial space, with 5,200 square feet set aside for restaurants.

Construction is expected to begin sometime in the spring of 2023.

Centre Square Village – Phase 1 Renderings.

Route 6 Mixed-Use Deveopment – Learn more about the Northeast Neighborhood

This mixed-use project, located on roughly 9 acres at 1251 and 1265 Farmington Avenue in the North East section of town, will consist of a 26,000 square-foot medical office building, a 5,500 square-foot fast food restaurant, a 3,500 square-foot car wash, 160 parking spaces, and new sidewalks.

Photo of 1251 Farmington Avenue 9-acre property

Fast food rendering for mixed-use development on Farmington Avenue


City Place – Centre Square Mixed-Use Development – Learn more about the Downtown Neighborhood

This proposed traditional “downtown style” project will include 12 two-bedroom apartments on upper floors over first floor commercial units, including one dedicated restaurant space.

Rendering of City Place building

Centre Square Plaza – Learn more about the Downtown Neighborhood

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.

Centre Square Plaza rendering graphic

For More Information

Contact Us

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.

Call: 860.584.6185
or Visit: Economic and Community Development Office, 2nd Floor of City Hall, 111 North Main Street