Grant could bring millions to infrastructure, development improvement along Riverside Avenue

City Council approved a motion to allow the mayor to move forward in applying for a state grant which could potentially bring millions to infrastructure and development improvement along Riverside Avenue. The mayor said state officials encouraged Bristol to apply for up to $30 million in grant funding because the state’s economic and community development officials are looking for “transformational projects that can be linked together.” He likened it to processes the Bristol ARPA Task Force was using in its oversight of federal fund administration to local initiatives. The mayor said the city has been planning to make a new Riverside Avenue streetscape and the grant would be a “golden opportunity for us to take advantage of once in a lifetime-type funds.” The application is due July 25.

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