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Downtown: Catholic parish reaches agreement to sell Sacred Heart Church

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sacred Heart Church on Pleasant Street is under a purchase-and-sales agreement to become condos. Richard Roberge, the pastor of Concord’s Christ the King Parish, announced the news Sunday in a press release and at weekend Masses. The buyer is developer Jon Chorlian. “While we are sad to close this chapter in our parish’s history, we are happy with the plans that Mr. Chorlian has for the building,” Roberge said in …

Legislators, public lobby for Saturdays at the State House

Sunday, January 31, 2016

State Rep. Dianne Schuett, a Pembroke Democrat, has visited 41 statehouses across America. She sets a high bar, but Concord resident Jim Kinhan has 17 statehouses under his belt. And state Rep. Ken Weyler, a Kingston Republican, can claim 13 statehouses. None, however, could take a tour of the New Hampshire State House on a Saturday. The gold dome in downtown Concord is …

Downtown: Artist starts with empowerment

Monday, January 18, 2016

One smiles. One frowns. One is topless. One stares straight out from the canvas, making piercing and unavoidable eye contact. They are the subjects of “Trans-Pose,” a series of portraits of transgender women. The artist is Catherine Graffam, a 22-year-old recent graduate of the New Hampshire Institute of Fine Art. Each model submitted …

Downtown: As Concord shelter opens, neighbors worry about becoming ‘homeless central’

Sunday, January 3, 2016

When Concord’s winter homeless shelter opens this week at St. Peter’s Church, wary neighbors will be on their guard. Without the city’s traditional winter shelters at First and South Congregational churches, Mayor Jim Bouley struck a last-minute deal …

Embattled Concord Steam faces fire, life safety code violations

Monday, December 28, 2015

As Concord Steam Corp. struggles to stay alive, the state is cracking down on code violations at its dilapidated plant on Pleasant Street. During a Dec. 11 inspection, the state fire marshal’s office found 14 violations of fire and life safety codes at the plant. According to a …

Downtown: Could Uber drive into Concord?

Sunday, December 20, 2015

In a YouTube video advertising his campaign for governor, state Rep. Frank Edelblut of Wilton walks on the sidewalk near the New Hampshire State House in Concord with his cell phone in hand. The camera pans to the phone’s screen, where Edelblut taps open the Uber app. “Will …

Downtown: Concord’s Christmas list: A brewpub, ladies’ jeans, jazz music

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Concord might need to put out a big plate of cookies for Santa this year. The halfway-done Main Street project and economic development were buzzwords during election season this fall. But now the Christmas tree is twinkling in front of the State House, and it’s the holiday season. …

Downtown: Concord Craft Brewing looks to change downtown address

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Another round? Concord Craft Brewing is going back to the city’s zoning board for the okay to open in a different location than previously permitted. Hopkinton resident Dennis Molnar got the board’s permission in October to open a nanobrewery on Pleasant Street Extension, in the former home of …

Downtown: Did downtown businesses survive the Main Street project?

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The dust has – finally – settled. Heavy construction on the Main Street project has wrapped up for the year. Crews from Severino Trucking Co. and its subcontractors are crossing off the last items on the to-do list. Both lanes of traffic are open for holiday shoppers. When …

Downtown: New shop to focus on New England-inspired products

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Laura Miller shouldn’t have any trouble finding her new office. The former owner of Imagination Village has returned to North Main Street with a new gift store. She opened the doors at Marketplace New England this weekend at …

Downtown: Save money while saving animals

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Buy at a new nonprofit thrift store in Concord, and your dollars will be reused for a good cause. Dudley Square opened last month at 15 Pleasant St. Owner Buffi Dudley said 100 percent of her profits at the new shop will go to animal rescues. “People come …

Downtown: Concord City Council will talk lighting, public art for Main Street

Sunday, October 11, 2015

A “psychedelic hot tub,” or a “festive” downtown? The Concord City Council will decide whether to add white or programmable colored uplighting to the trees on the new Main Street, and a recent city survey showed strong opinions …

Downtown: Concord residents push to save historic gasholder

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Jayme Simoes can imagine the historic gasholder building on South Main Street as a fixture of a historic walking tour through Concord, or maybe a museum of the city’s industrial history. He can picture the slogan on T-shirts …

Downtown: Liberty Utilities could demolish historic gasholder

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Liberty Utilities is weighing whether to repair or demolish a historic gasholder building in Concord’s South End. During summer 2013, the iconic building off South Main Street sustained tree damage to its roof during a storm. Liberty Utilities …

Downtown: Remi’s Block apartments could be ready next winter

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Twenty new apartments. A restaurant, a microbrewery and a retail store. It’s hard to picture now, walking through the gutted five-story building at the corner of Loudon Road and North Main Street. But that’s owner Remi Hinxhia’s vision …