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The Vegas Block building on the corner of North Main Street and Loudon Road in Concord.
(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Downtown: Owner outlines plans for renovation at former Vegas Block, applies for tax break

Sunday, November 16, 2014

To new owner Remi Hinxhia, the building at the corner of Centre Street and Loudon Road is no longer the notorious Vegas Block. “Now it’s called ‘Remi’s Block,’ ” Hinxhia said, correcting me. But he has more than a new name for the blighted building in the heart of Concord. He also has plans for a $2.36 million renovation at …

Downtown: Concord City Council could help out homeowners with impact fee change

Monday, November 10, 2014

Thinking about an addition on your house? How about that new deck? The Concord City Council could make that construction project easier for you. Concord currently charges an impact fee on construction and new development in the city to help pay for later expansion of infrastructure. The fee has three parts – roads, schools and parks. The council will vote tonight on whether …

Downtown: Church hopes to take it to the Next Level in Concord

Monday, November 3, 2014

At first glance, the red-and-white placards popping up around downtown Concord could be just another rash of campaign signs. But on a second look, they don’t advertise a candidate for election or a political party. The signs instead announce Next Level Church, a nondenominational faith group aiming to open in Concord next spring in what would be its fifth location in the region. …

Downtown: New opera company takes the stage at the Concord City Auditorium

Monday, October 27, 2014

There’s the Paris Opera, and the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. A little closer to home, find the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. Can’t forget the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Just across the border to Massachusetts, we’ve got the Boston Opera House. And now …

Downtown: A new Place to get creative opens on Main Street

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Six weeks ago, Christa Zuber up and quit her job. “I literally walked into my supervisor’s office and said, ‘I have no idea if it’s going to work,’ ” Zuber said. She’s about to find out. This weekend, Zuber opened her downtown do-it-yourself studio and shop – The …

Downtown: Main Street construction starts in Eagle Square

Monday, October 13, 2014

From her side of the large window at Salon Envy, owner Paula Blais has a clear view of passers-by tripping over broken bricks in Eagle Square. And for as many times as she’s been a witness, she’s tripped over those same bricks herself. So when contractor Severino Trucking …

Downtown: Parking, parking and more parking

Monday, October 6, 2014

That parking ticket you got last week. Your parking permit (or lack thereof). The parking garages. The hours you pay to park, and the hours you don’t. All are fair game at tonight’s open house for public input on Concord’s parking system. The city is asking residents to …

Downtown: Despite financial challenges, Intown Concord hopes to broaden its scope downtown

Monday, September 29, 2014

Three months ago, the owner of Pitchfork Records on South Main Street sat down before the Concord City Council and slammed Intown Concord for a lack of transparency. “What I would hope for is once you remove this …

Downtown: Hoping customers will follow suit, Main Street businesses back Discover Downtown campaign

Monday, September 22, 2014

In Things are Cooking on North Main Street, a cluster of customers stared at the coffee maker with equal parts confusion and curiosity. They peered at the sleek features of the Nespresso machine and examined the plastic pods of accompanying coffee. One woman leaned in for a closer …

Downtown: Hair salons trying to cut through competition

Sunday, September 14, 2014

In Christian Michael Salon on North Main Street in Concord, owner Brian Waldron mixed hair color as he described his business as an art. At Trilogy Hair Studio just up the road, co-owner Gina Rogers talked about previously working in Waldron’s studio and declared one of her specialties …

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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

Downtown: ‘Preseason’ starts for Main Street project

Monday, September 8, 2014

This week, the PR team will start walking around downtown and chatting up business owners. Next week, the construction signs will go up around town. The excavator will dig in the week after that. Construction on the Main …

Downtown: A new taste comes to South Main Street

Monday, September 1, 2014

When Charla Mayotte moved to New Hampshire from upstate New York earlier this year, she and her husband, Clark, didn’t expect to have so much trouble finding the extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar they used regularly in their kitchen. So when the Mayottes couldn’t track down …

Downtown: Recipe for healthy downtown housing is a hard one to cook up

Monday, August 25, 2014

The 30-odd apartments in the Vegas Block in Concord are empty. What happens to them next is anyone’s guess – and the city’s dream. Since the building was declared uninhabitable due to a litany of fire and life-safety code violations earlier this month, the blighted brick building became …

Downtown: As the contractor prepares to break ground on Main Street, downtown property owners consider individual snow-melt systems

Monday, August 4, 2014

Concord nixed a street-wide snow-melt system as part of the Main Street project, but property owners could still get heated sidewalks downtown. On their own dime, of course. Two days after the Concord City Council approved money for the Main Street redesign, the city postmarked letters to all …