Renaissance to host public info session on downtown next Monday

On Monday, May 19 at 6:15 pm at Nuchie’s Restaurant, Renaissance Downtowns, the master developer for Bristol’s downtown revitalization, will host an Informational Session open to the general public to discuss updates and next steps for the first phase of revitalization.

To accommodate the anticipated turnout, Renaissance has reserved Nuchie’s entire facility and a complimentary buffet dinner will be served to the first 400 attendees beginning at 6:15 pm. The informational session will start promptly at 7 p.m. During the session Donald Monti, CEO of Renaissance Downtowns, as well as the Renaissance team will update all attendees on the following:

Review of accomplishments by the city, Renaissance and the Bristol community

Detailed discussion on project’s current status and steps moving forward

Financing options explored and paths proposed to implement the community’s vision

Open question and answer session to address any community concerns

A press release from Renaissance said, “This public-private partnership has always demonstrated an open, transparent and inclusive process and May 19th’s meeting will serve as a continuation of this approach. Renaissance recognizes

that there are certain challenges that exist and feels very strongly that the amount of progress made to date should serve as a motivation for continued collaboration by all parties. We are fully aware that people may have certain opinions as to how we move forward. Those opinions can be very constructive in coming up with solutions based upon a healthy and productive dialogue. Progress made to date has centered on this inclusionary approach, and we should all roll up our sleeves and build upon our collective successes as starting over should not be an option.”

“Together, we have all helped the project reach the cusp of realizing the dream of breaking ground and kickstarting what we believe will be the cornerstone economic development engine for the city,” said Mark Walerysiak Jr, community liaison for Renaissance Downtowns and Bristol Rising, said in the press release. “We are excited to discuss with the community how we can soon accomplish this historic reality and encourage all who are interested in downtown becoming great again to attend.”