Bristol Borough Hall

The Bristol Borough Hall.

BRISTOL BOROUGH >> A gateway to the Borough will receive a major upgrade under a redevelopment plan approved by borough council Monday night.

The plan calls for the redevelopment of the former Comprehensive Muffler and Brake service station site at Bristol Pike and Beaver Street with a 4,000 square foot Pasco Battery Warehouse.

“What you guys are proposing is going to look beautiful on that corner,” Council President Ralph DiGuiseppe told the developer’s Attorney Tom Hecker.

Raising the Bar’s Bill Pezza agreed. “That’s an indication of the interest we’re generating in town. Businesses are coming here. They want to invest money here. That’s going to be a real nice enhancement to that gateway.”

Supermarket discussions

There’s also work taking place behind the scenes to find a grocery store for the former Wal-Mart space in the Bristol Commerce Park, said DiGuiseppe.

“This isn’t a done deal yet and it may not even happen, but we’re in talks with a couple people to open up a supermarket at the former Wal-Mart site,” said DiGuiseppe.

The council president escorted them around Bristol Township and Bristol Borough in late March and introduced them to a few local people.

“They seemed interested. Whether a deal gets put together or not we don’t know,” said DiGuiseppe. “They have a meeting in a couple of weeks. It looks promising, but a lot of things look promising when you’re dealing with major corporations and then at the last minute they fall through. I’ll definitely know something in May,” he said.

A Taste of Bristol

In other borough news, Raising the Bar’s President Bill Pezza announced upcoming plans for “A Taste of Bristol” to be held May 23 at the Centre for the Arts on Mill Street.

“Our goal is to get every restaurant in town to participate. It’s going to be a small plate-type of affair and people are going to be able to taste the best of at least 12 restaurants,” said Pezza.

In addition, Raising the Bar, in cooperation with the Bristol Riverside Theatre, will be honoring “two very special people” that night - one from the performing arts and the other from the visual arts.

“It’s going to be a real nice night. It’s going to be affordable and we want people to know now so they can circle their calendars, save the date and hopefully buy a ticket,” said Pezza.

Running for council

In other news, longtime borough business owner Mycle Gorman announced his campaign for borough council in the west ward.

Gorman, the president and CEO of Design Works and a member of Raising the Bar, said he wants to spread the success happening on Mill Street to every street and every neighborhood in the Borough.

“Bristol is a wonderful place to be. It’s growing and expanding and people here are making a difference,” he said. “After having a business here for 14 years and now a resident, I feel it’s the perfect time and opportunity to take my west ward and make an impact not only in the business district, but every neighborhood and every street.”

Gorman concluded by noting that one of his first design projects was the council meeting room. “This is such a pretty room that I did that I’m hoping to spend more time in it.”

Looking ahead

Looking ahead, DiGuiseppe announced that on Saturday, May 4 the Borough will hold a free shredding event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the senior center. Residents are invited to bring all types of paper such as financial and legal documents, receipts, and tax and medical records.

Mayor Joe Saxton also announced that this year’s Flag Day ceremony presented by the Bristol Elks Lodge will take place at Lions Park on June 9 beginning at 1 p.m. The 45 minute program includes a brief history of the flag, salutes and a Parade of Flags.

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