Economic Development Projects

Under Construction

Current Economic Development Projects

City Hall Renovation Project

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 The building contains outdated HVAC and mechanical components and does not reflect a modern municipal government operation.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

Rendering graphic of City Hall renovation project


KindCare Assisted Living

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 as of January 2022 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.

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.

Mayor Caggiano at KindCare Groundbreaking CeremonyMark De Pecol at KindCare Groundbreaking Ceremony

Group Photo of KindCare Groundbreaking CeremonyRendering of KindCare assisted living building

KindCare assisted living site map


City Place – Centre Square Mixed-Use Development

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

Developers Wesley Cyr and Oliver Wilson have completed the purchase of Parcel 10 at Centre Square. It is anticipated that construction will begin in the spring of 2022.

Rendering of City Place building


Wheeler Health Headquarters and Facility at Centre Square

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.

Wheeler Health Center at Centre Square building rendering


J.R. Sessions Building Redevelopment Project

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 the Route 72 Corridor coming into downtown the Sessions Building continues to progress towards new ownership and new possibilities. New Colony Development Corporation and Vesta Corporation/BHA are working on the transfer of the property to begin environmental cleanup activities.

Sessions building redevelopment building rendering

Sessions building renovations site plan


10 Main Street Redevelopment

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.

Photo of 10 Main Street building


By Carrier Centre Square Mixed-Use Development

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.

By Carrier proposed site plan for Centre Square development project

By Carrier proposed building rendering for Centre Square development project


Hilton HOME2 and Conference Center

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.

Bristol Event Center at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

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

 

Click here to view a video of construction progress as of March 2002

Construction Progress Photos – December 2021

 

Construction site at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Bristol, CT The Home2 Suites construction site at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Bristol Event Center at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel


Memorial Boulevard IntraDistrict Arts Magnet School

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.

Beam signing at the Memorial Boulevard Intradistrict Arts Magnet SchoolMembers 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.

A rendering of what the new MBIAMS will look likeAn architectural rendering of what the new MBIAMS will look like when construction is completed.


Centre Square Plaza

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
Click: bristolct.gov
or Visit: Economic and Community Development Office, 2nd Floor of City Hall, 111 North Main Street