The city quietly hired a consultant his summer to duplicate much of the job assigned to the nonprofit Bristol Downtown Development Corp. overseeing the revitalization of the former mall site.
The city agreed to pay $18,500 to Goman + York Property Advisors, a high-powered East Hartford firm, to provide “specific and actionable” recommendations to the City Council about how to handle proposals from Renaissance Downtowns for the Depot Square project.
Mayor Ken Cockayne said he hired the firm because he “thought we needed an outside, independent review” to go over all the material from Renaissance and offer the council guidance on what to do next.
“I’m doing my due diligence,” the mayor said.
He said he kept the move quiet “to fend off any undue influence” on the consultant that might sway its recommendations. Click here for the full story.