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Main Street Redesign

Concord City Council gets iPads as city hall goes paperless

Sunday, April 26, 2015

City Clerk Janice Bonenfant’s granddaughter uses an iPad in her Concord classroom. She’s in first grade. Now, the Concord City Council is joining the ranks of such tech-saavy students. All 15 members and a handful of city staffers have brand-new iPads. It’s one step closer to Bonenfant’s ultimate goal: a paperless agenda system for city hall, which will launch in June. The electronic system will not only cut the number …

‘We are here’: Main Street businesses brace for construction

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

When construction began outside the Gyro House earlier this spring, owner Theodora Hinxhia’s daughter told her mom to stop writing her a paycheck for the hours she puts in at the Concord restaurant. “She said, ‘Mom, don’t pay me. Let’s just try to survive,’ ” Hinxhia said yesterday. Hinxhia’s Gyro House is one …

Last-minute plans could spring fountains on Main Street

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Two city councilors, developer Steve Duprey and the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce are leading a push to add fountains back into the Main Street project. At last week’s Concord City Council meeting, Jan McClure of Ward 3 and Byron Champlin of Ward 4 asked their fellow councilors to give the idea some …

Concord water main damaged during construction; Main Street flooded

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The contractor for the Main Street project broke a downtown water main, flooding the street yesterday morning and cutting off water to some businesses until the evening. The break occurred about 7:20 a.m. on the west side of …

Due to construction, Main Street will switch to one-way traffic for rest of summer

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

As construction on the Main Street project begins in earnest and the contractor prepares to rip up the existing pavement, the city will switch five blocks of North Main Street to one-way traffic for the rest of the …

Downtown: A plant-based restaurant grows on Main Street

Sunday, April 12, 2015

When Willow Mauck says she is a lifelong vegetarian, she’s not kidding. Her grandmother sometimes cooked meat for her children, but didn’t eat it herself. Her mother is the owner of Susty’s Cafe, a vegan restaurant in Northwood. …

Downtown: A new home for superior court?

Monday, April 6, 2015

The state is eyeing the former New Hampshire Employment Security site on South Main Street as a future home for the Merrimack County Superior Court. In her budget proposal for the next biennium, Gov. Maggie Hassan has earmarked $18 million to build a replacement for the 1850s-era courthouse. …

Downtown: During Main Street construction, Severino Trucking hopes to win over ‘hearts and minds’

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Last week, Tom Severino called in all of the subcontractors for the Main Street redesign into the project office on Hills Avenue. He passed out a single sheet of paper with the header “Severino Values.” “We all need …

Downtown Concord's construction schedule

Monday, March 23, 2015

Construction on the Main Street project has begun. Here’s a recap of the schedule: The first three weeks will be more utility work on North Main Street, similar to the construction last fall. While crews will be working …

Concord Main Street construction schedule set

Monday, March 23, 2015

Construction on the Main Street project will begin tomorrow morning. Here’s the schedule: The first three weeks will be more utility work on North Main Street, similar to the construction last fall. While crews will be working in the road, traffic will continue in both directions. Most parking …

Advice for Concord heading into Main Street project: communicate, communicate, communicate

Sunday, March 22, 2015

A permanent smile on his bright orange face, the tiger’s oversized head perched on the conference room table. The head tops off the costume for “Digger,” the new mascot for the Main Street project in Concord. As construction …

City sets dates for Main Street construction, Market Days in 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Concord has set the dates for this year’s construction on the Main Street project. Louis Karno & Co., the public relations firm hired by the city to manage the downtown project, announced those dates in a newsletter yesterday. Construction on the east side of North Main Street will …

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 …

Concord City Council picks lighting, signage options

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Concord City Council debated wall murals, canopy lights and downtown banners last night, as they considered the lights and signs that will dot the new Main Street. But Bob Carey, a member of the Creative Concord Committee, hit on the feeling for many members of the public …

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 …