TOWNS ON THE MOVE Bris­tol seeks to cap­i­tal­ize on its water­front

The Advance of Bucks County - - BRISTOL AREA - By El­iz­a­beth Fisher

Ad­vance corrrespondent

BRISTOi BOR­OUGH - FRRt tUaIfic has aOways bHHn thH OLIHOLnH RI cRm­mHUcH Ln smaOO busLnHss GLstULcts. But what abRut “flRat” tUaIfic tR SumS uS thH OR­caO HcRnRmy?

That’s thH TuHstLRn BULstRO BRURugh RI­ficLaOs staUtHG askLng thHm­sHOvHs a IHw mRnths agR, anG an­swHUHG thHLU Rwn TuHstLRn Oast mRnth by aSSURvLng S.T. HuGsRn EngLnHHUs, Inc.’s SOans tR aSSOy IRU IHGHUaO, statH, anG cRunty gUants tR cRn­stUuct 26 bRat sOLSs anG a OaUgHU GRck tR ac­cRm­mRGatH OaUgHU vHssHOs at thH BULstRO WhaUI, OR­catHG at thH IRRt RI MLOO StUHHt, thH bRURugh’s maLn busLnHss GLstULct.

ThH thLnkLng, saLG cRuncLO PUHsLGHnt RaOSh DLGuLsHSSH, was that, LI bRatHUs GRckHG Ln tRwn IRU a IHw hRuUs at a tLmH, SURsSHc­tLvH GHvHORSHUs, UHs­tauUatHuUs, anG mHUchants wRuOG bH cOamRULng tR RSHn a busLnHss Rn RU nHaU MLOO StUHHt.

GRRG LGHa, saLG StHvH CRUOHtR, RwnHU RI StHvH’s THHs AwaUGs anG DHSLgns.

“WH havH HvHUythLng Ln SOacH that wRuOG makH a maLn-stUHHt Hn­vLURn­mHnt. WH havH thH ULvHU, wH havH busLnHssHs, wH havH tRuULsts cRmLng tR tRwn. WH’vH nRt bHHn usLng what wH havH, but thH GRcks cRuOG makH a GLIIHUHncH,” saLG CRUOHtR, whR Ls aOsR SUHsLGHnt RI thH BULstRO BRURugh BusLnHss AssRcLatLRn.

ThHUH aUH many ORng HstabOLshHG busLnHssHs Rn thH stUHHt, such as MLgnRnL -HwHOUy, thH KHOch HRusH UHs­tauUant, FLHOGs’ SSRUtLng GRRGs, CaIé BRm­bay, TUan­sIRU­matLRns gym, anG RthHU RSHUatLRns. NHaUby Rn RaGcOLIIH StUHHt aUH such OanG­maUks as thH KLng GHRUgH Inn anG thH BULstRO RLvHUsLGH ThHatUH.

ThH BRT aORnH bULngs Ln 40,000 thHatHUgRHUs an­nu­aOOy anG UH­suOts Ln abRut $1 mLOOLRn a yHaU bHLng sSHnt Ln OR­caO busLnHssHs. ThHUH aUH thUHH banks anG a -aSanHsH UHs­tauUant Ln thH Lm­mHGLatH aUHa. WHHkOy cRncHUts anG Hth­nLc IHstL­vaOs bULng thRu­sanGs RI vLsLtRUs HvHUy sum­mHU. AbRut 10,000 SHRSOH at­tHnG thH an­nuaO DRR WRS cRncHUt Ln thH MLOO StUHHt PaUkOLng LRt.

AOO mHan jRbs; aOO bULng Ln tax UHvHnuHs.

But thHUH aUH busLnHssHs that havH cRmH RntR thH stUHHt, thHn OHIt, such as a sRIt-SUHtzHO shRS, a GHOL anG a caUG stRUH. ThH bRURugh nHHGs tR bULng shRSSHUs Ln tR kHHS busLnHssHs OLkH that Ln tRwn, CRUOHtR saLG.

“WH havH what Lt takHs. UsLng thH watHU [as a busLnHss at­tUac­tLRn] Ls thH ULght thLng tR GR,” hH saLG.

But thH MLOO StUHHt aUHa Ls nRt thH RnOy mHUchant’s havHn that’s ULSH tR jumS staUt BULstRO’s HcRnRmy. FaUUagut AvH­nuH, Ln thH HaUUL­man sHc­tLRn RI tRwn, nHaU GUHHn LanH, RncH was thH sLtH RI a ShaU­macy, a tRy stRUH, a sRGa shRS, a mRm-anGSRS gURcHUy, anG HvHn a caU GHaOHUshLS. TRGay, much RI that aUHa, whLch sHUvHG as a sRUt RI “nHLgh­bRUhRRG” shRSSLng stULS, sSRUts many GaUkHnHG wLnGRws that cRuOG bH OLt uS, wLth thH ULght HncRuUagHmHnt, saLG bRURugh cRuncLO­man GUHg PHzza.

“FaUUagut AvH­nuH has a ORt tR RIIHU. ThHUH aUH abRut 1,000 SHRSOH OLvLng Ln HaUUL­man whR cRuOG SatURnLzH busLnHssHs. It cRuOG bH sHOI-sus­taLnLng,” PHzza saLG.

ThH wLGH avH­nuH cRuOG aOUHaGy bH Rn Lts way sLncH thH RSHnLng RI thH BRURugh Pub, thH IRUmHU sLtH RI KaUS’s UHs­tauUant. NHw RwnHUs havH sSHnt $1 mLOOLRn Rn UHnR­vatLRns anG thH baU anG UHs­tauUant has bHHn SackHG HvHUy nLght sLncH Lt RSHnHG Aug. 20.

ThH PLnHs anG PhLnny McGHH’s aUH aOsR SRSuOaU nHLgh­bRUhRRG tavHUns that OLnH FaUUagut. PhLOOy’s PhamRus StHaks, a SRSuOaU sanGwLch shRS at FaUUagut anG HaUULsRn stUHHts, has aOsR stakHG Rut Lts tHUULtRUy.

AOO thHsH busLnHssHs cRn­tULbutH tR thH bRURugh’s UHvHnuH thURugh taxHs, but thHUH’s URRm IRU LmSURvHmHnt anG that’s whHUH PHzza anG CRuncLOwR­man LRUULanH CuOOHn anG IR­cusLng thHLU HIIRUts.

“HaUUL­man Ls a nLcH nHLgh­bRUhRRG. EvHUyRnH can waOk anG wLth thH SSuU LLnH PaUk Ln thH back­gURunG (aORng TUHn­tRn AvnuH), SOHnty RI SHRSOH cRmH LntR tRwn tR waOk. ThH stRUHs wH havH, anG stRUHs wH cRuOG at­tUact, anG thH jRbs thHy gHnHUatH, cRuOG UHaOOy cRn­tULbutH tR thH bRURugh’s HcRnRmy,” CuOOHn saLG.

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