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Main Street committee seeks public input

At a special event on Wednesday, Concord residents can tell the city’s advisory committee what they think about the Main Street redesign project.

The two-hour event will include small-group conversations led by third party facilitators. Residents will be asked to discuss their priorities for Concord’s redesign of 12 blocks of Main Street. Concord received a $4.71 million grant in June for the project, and a 17-member committee must provide design recommendations to the city council by Nov. 16.

On Wednesday, the committee will seek large-scale public input with a special event facilitated by New Hampshire Listens, an initiative sponsored by the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey Institute that helps communities around the state discuss difficult issues.

Registration will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Grappone Conference Center. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and last until 9 p.m.

Participants will be divided into small groups, said Steve Duprey, a Concord developer and chairman of the Main Street Committee.

Each group will discuss their vision for Main Street and lists priorities for bicycle lanes, parking, sidewalk width, pedestrian safety and other elements of a new streetscape.

“The goal at the end is . . . each table will sort of have developed how they view the priorities and then they’ll be reported to the whole group by the end,” Duprey said.

Members of the Main Street advisory committee will be there to listen to residents, and won’t actively discuss their own views, Duprey said.

(Laura McCrystal can be reached at 369-3312 or or on Twitter @lmccrystal.)

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