Bristol resident Shawn Ruest and a handful of supporters were on North Main St. Wednesday protesting the redevelopment of Downtown Bristol. Ruest said “Bristol doesn’t need a dense urban setting with subsidized housing including rail service.”
The group feels Renaissance Downtowns should not be the developer of the former mall site. The group feels it will cause low-income housing, higher crime rates, loss of local rights and decision-making and higher taxes.
To date the proposed plan by Renaissance Downtowns does not include any subsidized housing and there is no immediate plans for passenger rail service.
When asked what they felt should go on the former mall site they didn’t provide an answer.
On Bristol Rising’s Facebook page, which is the social media outlet for Renaissance Downtowns Bristol posted “There are few people with signs on Depot Square protesting the downtown revitalization because of “subsidized housing”
Perhaps they haven’t had the chance to attend a Bristol Rising meetup the last couple years, so let us take this opportunity to be very clear, their allegations are not true. This project is market rate. It was projected to be at the start, and nothing has changed.”