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New street name to help pave over former mall site history

New North Main Street intersection at Laurel Street across from City Hall | Photo courtesy Bristol Development Authority

The new road on the former mall site is nearing completion and Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu is asking the community to help name it.

After a decade of waiting for the City to develop the former mall site, Bristol Hospital purchased a large portion of the former mall site last year.

Currently, underway is a 60,000 square foot two-story building that will house an Ambulatory Care Center on the corner of Riverside Avenue and Main Street.

The building is expected to employ dozens of medical professionals while servicing thousands of patients downtown.

A new approach:

Divide the former mall site into smaller lots and provide new roads and city blocks.

The goal is to sell smaller parcels like an industrial park.

A new name:

For the most part, real estate and subdivision developers have the privilege of naming new streets in the United States.

The name is submitted to the city for review, at which point the public service departments, such as police, fire, and the post office, are given the opportunity to add their two cents.

“This street was constructed to create easier access to the new Bristol Hospital Ambulatory Care Center as well as future businesses. The City has been planning the development of the old Centre Mall property for years, and this is an exciting step in moving forward. We believe the community should be involved in naming this new street as we begin a new chapter for Bristol’s downtown,” said Mayor Ellen Zoppo- Sassu.

Once all street name submissions are in, they will be reviewed by the Bristol Development Authority, and a vote on the list of potential names will be presented to the community to vote on the final name.

“This project has been moving along nicely and we are excited to open up this opportunity for Bristol residents to choose a name,” stated Justin Malley, Executive Director Bristol Development Authority.

Citizens may email the Mayor’s Office or write a letter with their suggestions to arrive no later than 5pm on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

You can also send submissions via email to or mail submissions to Mayor’s Office 111 North Main Street Bristol, CT 06010.

With that in mind, here’s some food for thought:

Currently, we have Streets, Drives, Roads, Courts, Places, Boulevards, and Lanes as suffixes in Bristol. Try avoiding names too similar to an existing road.

Anything unique to Bristol, our area, or local history is something to consider.

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