Affordable Housing, Community Development

Bristol Rising Recruiting Residents for New Downtown Housing


Construction will begin soon on a large amount of housing in downtown Bristol. This is the first phase of Depot Square, which will comprise a total 1,000 residential units, an array of commercial/retail development and a public piazza. Master Developer, Renaissance Downtowns has received approval of a downtown Master Concept Plan, necessary zoning amendments, approval of its special permit for the Depot Square site, and Phase I site plan approval. 

It is now seeking interest from potential tenants for the new downtown residential housing units. People who may be interested in renting one of these apartments can put themselves on a non-binding waiting list by filling out a short Letter of Interest online, which will allow them priority for apartments when they become available, and get regular updates during the construction process. Renaissance hopes to get 150 Letters of Interest, and secure 75 preleases from that group once unit details, building amenities and costs are determined in the near future.  Info on the residential component of Depot Square, as well as the Letter of Intent, are available online.

Bristol Rising is a crowdsourced placemaking community of more than 2,400 members, brought together by Renaissance Downtowns and hearty citizen involvement. We featured Bristol Rising in the Partnership’s recent video, Idea Factories: Residents Shaping the Future of Their Towns. Idea Factories highlights five Connecticut municipalities that are doing exciting work to involve the community in planning and development decisions.  Bristol Rising has just produced a new video, available on YouTube, which interviews current downtown residents and describes the vision of what downtown living will be like, including being an affordable place to live.



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