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Downtown: Concord officials comfortable with minimal safety net on Main Street project

Monday, January 26, 2015

Better safe than sorry, right? Maybe not, in the case of the Main Street project. As Concord prepares to break ground on the downtown redesign this spring, the city has already dipped into its contingency fund to buy $200,000 worth of signs. That leaves the city with about $94,000 for unforeseen costs during construction – less than 1 percent of the $10.69 million project budget. “A project like this is most comfortable with a contingency of 3 to 5 percent,” City Engineer Ed Roberge said. While the safety net for the Main Street project is less than the city’s norm, Roberge defended the dwindling fund. During an alternative bidding process last spring, Roberge said negotiations …

Downtown: Boston Olympics bid could put passenger rail ‘on a faster track’

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Boston is a near-straight shot south from Concord, just 70 miles on Interstate 93. Those 70 miles could be the distance between Concord and the epicenter of the Summer Olympics in less than 10 years. Earlier this month, the United States Olympic Committee tapped Boston as its pick for a 2024 bid, and New Hampshire’s neighbor is now on the short list to …

Downtown: Granite State Symphony Orchestra hopes hiatus is intermission, not finale

Monday, January 12, 2015

In April, the Granite State Symphony Orchestra was planning a 20th season to begin in November. They had cut their longtime conductor, looking for a new sound and a younger audience. But two months later, minutes from the June board meeting show the nonprofit was $8,500 in the hole and still expecting bills from a holiday concert. And when the group mailed information …

Downtown: Council to make decisions about Main Street, snow-melt system

Sunday, February 9, 2014

When the city council takes up the Main Street project again tonight, one of the larger items it could nix from the plan is a downtown snow-melt system. City staff will present options for moving forward on the downtown redesign tonight, the first regular meeting of the council …

Downtown: Accessibility key to ‘complete’ Main Street

Monday, February 3, 2014

A pocket park and public art. Heated sidewalks and a center median. The flashy hallmarks of the Main Street redesign are now at stake, as city staff recuperates from a poor response to its second request for construction bids. What is also at stake is a core aspect …

Downtown: Black Ice hockey tournament a boon for businesses

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Black Ice Ale was on tap in downtown bars. Local hotels offered a special deal for tournament participants, and shuttles ran between White Park and Main Street. The Barley House ran a special burger: coleslaw and hot cajun …

Downtown: Today’s the day for Employment Security renovation decision

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Today, the linchpin in developer Steve Duprey’s plan for the state Employment Security headquarters could fall into place. Or today, that plan could fall apart entirely. If Duprey gets his way, the outdated building on South Main Street would be renovated as the headquarters for Company C, a …

Downtown: How’s business on Sundays?

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Is downtown dead on Sundays? More than 30 shops and restaurants in downtown Concord have Sunday hours during the holiday season, according to a list compiled last week by the Merchants Roundtable, an informal group of downtown business owners. And Katy Brown Solsky, who writes a blog called …