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Main Street redesign, Storrs Street parking discussions pushed back

In the most recent draft of plans redesigning Main Street presented to the Concord City Council the clock tower is moved from in front of Eagle Square south to a spot in front of The Works and Phenix Avenue is converted to a pocket park.

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In the most recent draft of plans redesigning Main Street presented to the Concord City Council the clock tower is moved from in front of Eagle Square south to a spot in front of The Works and Phenix Avenue is converted to a pocket park. (Courtesy)

As last night’s city council meeting ran longer than four hours with discussion on the Loudon Road project, the group pushed discussion on the Main Street project to a recessed meeting next week.

It also tabled a motion to sell permits for parking spots on the south end of Storrs Street and in a parking lot under the Centre Street overpass to its next regular meeting in March.

City staff had recommended those permits be sold for $100 per quarter, or $400 a year, to downtown employees to free up parking spaces on Main Street. But Mayor Jim Bouley and most of the council argued in favor of opening those spots without any fees.

“I would love to see the motion made to make those spaces available, and I’d like to do it at no cost,” Bouley said.

The council needs to have “an honest, true discussion” about parking throughout Concord, Bouley said. It is likely the council will return to its next monthly meeting with a motion to open those Storrs Street spaces as free.

(Megan Doyle can be reached at 369-3321 or mdoyle@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @megan_e_doyle.)

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