Above,A look-back at Bristol Rising’s first efforts to help Summer St. shine

Manager of 8-30 Summer Street and owner of 78 Summer Street, Dave Haberfeld details lower Summer’s journey from a crumbling circuit to its reestablished roots:

Today I’d like to update you on Summer Street in Bristol. For those of you that are familiar with lower Summer Street, this is the area near the intersection of Main Street and Summer Street, across from the library.

Most people don’t have many good things to say about it, and rightfully so.

However, it doesn’t make sense that a bad area continues to persist in between our downtown and the nice area we know as Federal Hill. Renaissance recognized this neighborhood was a problem and began efforts to solve that problem.

I am still amazed every day at what I’ve learned through those efforts. At a meeting at City Hall, landlords that owned property on lower Summer Street met and shook hands for the first time. Some of them joined Bristol Rising and every one of them expressed a desire to make things better.

We then organized a Summer Street clean up day held last September, which was a great success! I met many of the tenants there and that was just the beginning. By coordinating efforts between the city, police, tenants, landlords, Bristol Rising, and investors, Summer Street today is leaps and bounds a better place to live than it was just 9 short months ago. Walking down Summer Street on a nice day is comfortable today, when it wasn’t just last summer.

This is a great example of things that this downtown revitalization project is accomplishing before we even break ground on the depot square site. Please stay tuned for more updates and positive changes on Summer Street in the months and years ahead. By the time the downtown has its first building built, I’ve made it my personal mission to make sure that Summer Street is a great place to live for the people that want to live walking distance from the new downtown and want to enjoy it. Summer Street will be ready for the new vision of what will become our downtown.