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Downtown: A chorale concert in Capitol Commons parking garage?

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Cars could be replaced with a chorale in the Capital Commons parking garage for one night next summer. The New Hampshire Master Chorale has asked the city for permission to hold a concert in the garage June 21. Members of the chorale thought of the garage as a venue as they were walking through during a visit downtown. “I think we were walking through the garage being silly and singing …

Downtown: Concord’s New Front Door unveils ideas

Monday, November 25, 2013

Lights and landscaping on the Loudon Road bridge leading to Main Street. Sculptures resembling Concord’s skyline along Interstate 93. A mosaic on the highway underpass at Exit 14. Those ideas, shared last week, are the latest developments in the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s effort to improve the view of Concord from the …

Downtown: Freight Farms shipping container brings local lettuce to Concord

Sunday, November 10, 2013

As the farming season ends, one Concord farm is just getting started. A shipping container outside the Grappone Conference Center will become home to a hyrdoponic garden, growing plants year-round – even during snowstorms. “Doesn’t look like a garden, does it?” said Steve Duprey as he watched a truck deliver the green-and-white shipping container Friday morning. Duprey, whose company owns the conference center …

Downtown: Granite State Music Festival back for a second year

Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Granite State Music Festival is back for a second year. On Saturday and Sunday, the festival will fill Kiwanis Riverfront Park with two days of live music and 24 bands. Last year’s inaugural festival didn’t sell as many tickets as expected, but festival Director Scott Solsky said …

Downtown: 17 of 18 inaccessible Main Street storefronts could be fixed by redesign

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Most building entrances along Main Street will become accessible in the next few years. The city’s engineers have potential solutions for 17 of 18 inaccessible storefronts, according to a chart tracking the plans. The solutions would become part of the city’s Main Street redesign project. But the plans …

Downtown: Inside the new Endicott Hotel apartments

Monday, May 27, 2013

The wooden staircase inside the Endicott Hotel is still covered in dust from construction and creaks with the weight of footsteps. Soon, it will welcome residents into their new downtown apartments. The historic building on South Main Street …

Downtown: New Concord business owners ‘give it our best shot’

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Since Alison Ladman opened the Crust & Crumb Baking Co. on Main Street last July, she’s found a welcoming community of downtown merchants and a steady stream of customers for her pastries, cakes, breads and coffee. She has …

Downtown: Bold ideas for Concord’s backside

Monday, May 6, 2013

A “Hollywood-like” sign that says “Concord.” A bridge across Interstate 93 and the Merrimack River that connects downtown with the Gully Hill conservation land. A replica of the Old Man of the Mountain, made from recycled material and displayed as public art. These ideas were among those brainstormed …

Downtown: Employment Security site draws interest from developers

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Developers have shown interest in the Employment Security headquarters on South Main Street, and they’re asking the city for more time to submit plans. But city officials can’t say who they are – or what they’d like to build. “I will say that there are multiple interested parties,” …

Concord mayor wants more public input on Main Street project

Monday, April 22, 2013

In the 10 months since Concord received a $4.71 million federal grant to redesign Main Street, the city has had more than 20 public meetings about the project. Next, the city council must finalize the designs. But councilors won’t make any decisions before gathering more public input, Mayor …

Downtown: Taking steps to an accessible Main Street

Sunday, April 14, 2013

When Concord’s new Main Street is complete next year, it will have more handicapped parking spaces, and it won’t have an inaccessible, double-step curb. It’s unclear, though, how many building entrances on Main Street could become more accessible as a result of the project. Between Centre Street and …

Downtown: Concord police, officials addressing loitering concerns

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Concord police officers will be biking and walking around Main Street this spring. The attention comes in response to business owners’ concerns of people loitering outside stores and intimidating customers, said police Chief John Duval. He also has received complaints of public intoxication and public urination in the …

Downtown: Is there room for two frozen yogurt stores on Concord’s Main Street?

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Concord hasn’t yet joined the growing number of U.S. cities with self-serve frozen yogurt shops. That’s about to change. Not one, but two yogurt stores will open this summer on North Main Street: a national chain and an independent shop. Orange Leaf, an Oklahoma-based company with more than …

Downtown: Heat for Main Street hinges on funding – and Concord Steam

Sunday, March 17, 2013

As Concord redesigns its downtown, one idea has proven especially popular: using waste heat from a new Concord Steam plant to heat the Main Street sidewalks and roadway. The scope of a snowmelt system on Main Street remains uncertain, as city councilors must decide how much money to …

Downtown: Gibson’s and True Brew join forces for bookstore cafe

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Stephanie and Rob Zinser were shocked when Michael Herrmann proposed that they open a second True Brew Barista – inside his new Gibson’s Bookstore on South Main Street. But they knew it was too great an opportunity to ignore. “As soon as Mike walked out the door, we …