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permit?” to “Where can I find office space in town?” News and additional infor- mation about Bristol, its business community, and
improvements in town will be featured on the site’s blog, as well.
“The hope is that this site can be a tool for new business own- ers, companies looking to move into town, and for the businesses that are already here,” said Coates. “We also want to use it as a place to showcase our many recent successes and the great businesses that call Bristol home.”
Building Upon Recent Growth
Bristol has seen an increase in investment in privately held properties in town, including 16-20 Central Square, which un- derwent a full rehab transform- ing the block from mill buildings to residential apartments. In ad- dition, new restaurants, a jazz club, retailers, three breweries, a winery, and an anesthesiology practice have opened their doors in recent years, indicating that Bristol’s economic and employ- ment opportunities are on the rise.
In addition to the new busi- ness investment Bristol has ex- perienced, some data suggests that people are looking to Bristol and surrounding areas as a place where they can live, work and
play. For example, since 2015, there has been a 56% increase in the number of housing units sold in Grafton County and a 45% increase in the median home price. These real estate numbers indicate that Bristol and Graf- ton County, like the rest of the state, are experiencing a growth period despite economic disrup- tions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bristol recognizes the poten- tial in this growth and the role local government can play. Over the past five years, the town has invested in a downtown revital- ization project that updated and improved traffic, parking, and landscaping in Central Square, invested in public parks and trails throughout town, built
Safe Routes to School, launched investments in public water and sewer service and built the infrastructure needed to pro- vide high-speed internet access throughout the town, including to the University of New Hamp- shire, municipal buildings and schools.
About Bristol, NH
Located about 40 minutes northwest of Concord on New- found Lake, Bristol is a town of 3,000 year-round residents that has long had a solid industrial industry and tourism industry. Close access to lakes, rivers, pro- tected forest areas, and the White Mountains make it a dream lo- cation for outdoor enthusiasts, no matter what sport or activity
they enjoy. A wide range of ser- vices, including hardware stores, grocery stores, a wide range of restaurants, banks, hardware stores, construction contractors, expansion of MidState Medical health care services, and other professional services, mean both businesses and residents are never far from what they need. In addition, a library, cultural center with a butterfly garden, and new Town Offices are here to serve residents and those doing business here in town.
For more information about the business development web- site or opening a business in Bristol, please contact Town Administrator Nicholas (Nik) Coates at (603) 744-3354.
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