May 21, 2010

Downtown deal hearing on Monday

There doesn't seem to be much doubt about whether the City Council will go along with the terms of a deal with Renaissance Downtowns to develop the former mall site,
City councilors plan to vote on the agreement Monday after hearing from the public about the deal struck during three months of negotiations among the city, Renaissance and the Bristol Downtown Development Corp., which back the contract this week.
The council meeting, where the public can speak, is slated for 5:30 p.m. Monday.
Officials plan to sign the agreement at a press conference at City Hall at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Mayor Art Ward called it "a momentous occasion in the history of the City of Bristol, as it begins the revitalization of the downtown area, since the demolition of the Bristol Centre Mall over two years ago."
He described the expected signing as "historical."
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