May 22, 2016
NASA is making plans to colonize Mars and according to sources familiar with the project Renaissance Downtowns LLC, a Long Island based developer, will be the contractor to develop a portion of the planet. Yup, that Renaissance Downtowns LLC.
Mars with its rocky surface, canyons, volcanoes and red dust covering the terrain, has sat desolate for 4.5 billion years. Critics say now that Renaissance is involved it will remain desolate for another 4.5 billion years.
They are to build the property near the “Face on Mars” with parking garages, pop-up piazzas, cafes, a Performing Arts Center and retail. Lots of retail. “It will be Mars very own version of Blue Back Square,” said a source familiar with the plans.
A major stumbling block however, is the enormous initial investment required to establish the colony and terraform the planet. Renaissance wants a public/private partnership of financing options for Phase I because it proved to be so successful while they were in Bristol.
“Currently it’s all about getting money and then permits, and then food and water and hydrogen and methane, and power and another industrial revolution,” said Bill Doug spokesperson for the project.
He expects Phase 1 construction to begin in 100 years with the development of Downtown Disney or whatever it will be called then.
November 20, 2015
Things to do in Forestville this weekend:
Four Horseman of the Apocalypse visit Forestville to see an old friend.
Renaissance Appreciation Day 1PM-1:15PM former center mall site. Reminisce and take pictures. Plenty of parking available.
The Bob Knepper Roman Orgy begins at 7PM. Complimentary Pigs in a Blanket, Swedish meatballs and a meat platter from Nuchie’s for attendees.
Forestville Ice Harvest Festival. The Forestville Tourism Association hosts the Forestville Ice Harvest in Central Square from 3 am to 5 am. Bring your own water and have it frozen by professionals!
November 18, 2015
Renaissance Appreciation Day Saturday November 21, 2015
Renaissance Appreciation Day is set for Saturday, November 21 from 1:00PM to 1:15PM at the former Center Mall property!
Now that Renaissance is no longer the developer for the proposed Depot Square, residents have the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments and thank them for the acres and acres of vacant lot that sits in the middle of downtown that they were tasked with developing, but failed to do. Several town council members and Renaissance employees will be on hand to reminisce, sign autographs and take pictures.
Said one resident who wished not be identified, “The cold, empty, barren lot they failed to develop is a testament to the great, vibrant, innovative mixed-use destination of residential, retail, office space, and outdoor amenities that it never became.”
Well-wishers and media are advised to park across from city hall. There is plenty of parking available on the empty slab of concrete which still exists.
I know I will be there and I hope you will too.
November 13, 2015
Renaissance Downtowns, a Long Island based developer hired to revitalize the 17-acre lot downtown, is being let go by the city due to their lack of progress over the last five years.
However, Occupy Renaissance, an advocacy group for “Renaissance”, wants them to stay and complete the project.
The group, which currently has two members, established an Occupy camp with tents in the offices that Renaissance formally occupied in city hall. While chanting, “Five More Years! Five More Years! Five More Years!” they display signs showing their support.
One supporter simply known as The Duke said, “Renaissance did not think the community was serious about developing the lot. They thought it was a joke so they went along.”
Said the other Occupy member, “Five years is not a long time. Granted there are no shovels in the ground, and they secured no money, no tenants, and no commitments. No one is perfect.”
A spokesperson for Renaissance remarked, “Finally someone gets us.”
Bristol Mayor Cockayne is going ahead with a more economical way to attract tourists and revitalize downtown. He plans to fill the lot with wool spinners from Old Sturbridge Village and make the world’s biggest ball of yarn.