25 Bristol Risers showed up in their signature orange to support Renaissance Downtowns as they presented Phase I of the site plan at the Zoning Commission Hearing on December 19, 2012; the first Rising Mob took place at Bare Bones; the Bristol Young Professionals were founded by Bristol Rising members; and the Downtown Living Pioneers Group was initiated.
Risers, lots of great events go on every year downtown and with the strong roots Bristol has to our military there is an enjoyable event for all military children to enjoy on January 10th.
So a day after you enjoy bringing your family and friends to Bristol Billiards for Fun Night, don’t let the party stop there – continue on to the Winter Open House for Military Children Hosted by Army Strong and The Family Therapy Center. Here is their message:
Albertus Magnus will be holding a business and community leadership breakfast seminar on January 19th at the Chambers of Commerce building on Main Street. The seminar includes a free continental breakfast highlighted by Dr. Howard Fero, who will be will be speaking on the application of leadership in all facets of life.
Hello Risers and Happy Holidays!!
2012 is coming to a close and we all have quite a lot of celebrating to do! Sit down with those cookies and cocoa and reflect back on the busy, busy year Renaissance and Bristol Rising has had!
Brief update on what went down last night at the Zoning Commission Hearing. Lots of information was presented on Phase I of the site plan by Renaissance Downtowns, including addressing topics such as parking, fenestration, service lines, lighting, engineering of the site/ grading, building breakdowns, among other things. It was a lot of technical points, all of which were necessary. These items were addressed in relation to the current zoning regulations…
We’re putting together a plan to test a shared-retail concept for one month with the possibility that it become a permanent fixture. Shared retail storefronts are becoming all the rage in communities all over the nation. If you’ve ever been interested in occupying a more permanent retail space, try this out! A shared retail situation, it’s synergies and cost efficiencies could be the solution for you!
On December 14th and 15th, Bare Bones art gallery hosted the first official Rising Mob of Bristol. This two-day juried art fair featured local artists and vendors, selling one-of-a-kind and hand-made creations, ideal for alternative style holiday gifts. We had a wonderful time and couldn’t have found such success without the involvement of the community and local creators.
We’re turning to you, the crowd, to help put together a framework for a new Bristol Rising Brochure, which will help us connect with Bristol stakeholders in 2013 and beyond.
Hi folks. In this post we’re going to go inside the numbers on the Depot Square land appraisal. There’s been a lot of questions since the numbers were announced at the BDDC meeting regarding Depot Square netting a negative investment appraisal number based on the project’s projections.
If you want rail for Bristol, then you have to show your support by doing the DOT’s survey. The benefits are that we can achieve this rail system for Bristol! The secondary perk is four people will win $25 gift cards. If you get both, cool, but if we can achieve number one, then we all win! Here is some information from the DOT and how to participate in the Survey:
The magic was sure flowing through Main Street yesterday, and it wasn’t just the exuberant presence of thousands of children – though I’m sure that played some part of it. The Chambers of Commerce’s annual Children’s Holiday Parade is a fantastic event that combines the best of the Holidays, and the spirit of giving.
Many new faces came for the first time interested to learn more, and lots were excited to sign Residential Letters of Interest, which is the name to our game right now. The more letters we can produce and present to partners - such as financiers and developing partners – the potential for ground breaking sooner and getting the project off the ground becomes a surer bet!
We had a great meetup and celebration of our 2nd year of existence last night. What a ride it’s been. 40 or so people braved the drizzly flurries to make it out to Nuchie’s (thanks guys!).
Now onto the fun birthday factoids. To give you some iota of the impressive growth of Bristol Rising, consider these stats:
Day 1: 14 people in bar, .023 % of Bristol population
Year 1: 1,3014 registered BristolRising.com users, 2.14 % of Bristol population
Year 2: 2,295 registered BristolRising.co users, 3.76 % of Bristol population
The Residential Campaign has been riding a wave of momentum since its start at the beginning of November. Presently, Renaissance has received 32 Letters of Interest from people that could very well be living downtown in the future. That’s an exciting start pioneering a downtown 2.0 community!
Many strategies have been in place to spread the word about the brand-spankin’-new apartments that are part of the mixed-use development to be built downtown. In fact, there has been one strategy that has brought a bit of deja-vu to the Rising cause.
Barley Vine has filled the longing in Bristolites for a drinking establishment with culture, food with a purpose, and an environment people are proud to bring friends and family. Ingraham House has filled the desire in Bristolites for an intimate music experience that radiates a sense of community as much as musical excellence. Now, these two evolutions of Bristol Rising’s desire – and fellow Fab 5′ers Barley Vine, and Ingraham House -are teaming up to bring the famous Ingraham House Concert Series to Barley Vine.
Bristol Rising and the downtown Bristol Revitalization was featured in a recent video put out by the Partnership for Strong Communities on municipalities working with communities to create better places. Cool stuff! Shelby Mertes from the Partnership wrote me this awesome message…
Check out Champion Charlie Cyr’s other cause that he holds near and dear; we Risers can appreciate the sentiment with it being right in our downtown backyard:
Champion Kaye is flabbergasted at how time flies with the holidays right around the corner… but is looking forward to the time that local shopping will abound:
And now there’s some exciting news we’d like to share that could help turn the beloved Boulevard School into a performing arts centre and so much more, but we need your support to make it happen…
Last night’s BR Meetup provided the same downtown revitalization excitement but wrapped in a different basket. This time the BR crew met up at Latino Restaurant for downtown chatter, dinner, and drinks…