Aiming to go over current plans for the city-owned former downtown mall site and the $14 million project to create a community theater at Memorial Boulevard Middle School, city officials plan to meet with state development leaders this afternoon.
The goal, said Mayor Art Ward, is "to bring them up to date."
"We're not just sitting idly by," Ward said, in spite of the recession.
While not idle, the city's not actually doing much.
The Bristol Downtown Development Corp. is switching from monthly to bimonthly meetings in order to save money since it doesn't have anything pressing anyway.
It does plan soon to seek potential developers, but there's no telling whether it will prove easier this time than during the first push last summer, when the sole response proved to originate with a Florida get-rich-quick marketer.
Ward said the city may not be in a position to spend much during these tough times, it's important to be ready in case funding does begin to flow.
"When the dust settles" from the recession and budget crunch, the mayor said, the city needs to be poised to move.
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