The Bristol Downtown Development Corp. plans Monday to pick one of two competing developers to head the effort to pump life into the former downtown mall site.
Reporter Jackie Majerus wrote this story taking a look at the financial condition and background of both firms.
It's at least interesting the Renaissance Downtowns, the Long Island developer, provided a fair amount of information while D'Amato Realty, the hometown option, declined the chance to comment.
Without talking about the merits of either company, surely we want a developer that's going to be open about itself and its plans. The worst thing Bristol could do in searching for a project the community can embrace would be to choose a firm that prefers to keep things secret.
This is either going to be a community project, done openly and honestly, or the mall site is going to be nothing more than a vacant lot for a long, long time.
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