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Main Street Redesign

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 the Concord City Auditorium? For a young singer like 24-year-old Ashley Noelle Therrien, the city’s 110-year-old stage could very well be a …

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 Co. ripped up the bricks outside her hair salon this week, Blais didn’t mind at …

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 cloak of secrecy, you’ll see a number of other merchants joining this organization,” Michael Cohen …

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 …

Concord Main Street gets green light

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Concord City Council approved the Main Street project last night, and construction will begin this fall. Most of the votes on the table passed 14-1 with dissent only from Ward 2 Councilor Allan Herschlag. The proposal approved …

Main Street meeting will be held tonight

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Concord City Council will hold a special meeting tonight to vote on several resolutions related to the Main Street project. If all of the resolutions on the agenda are approved, the city will move forward with a $10.95 million redesign of the downtown corridor. The council needs …

Council will vote on Main Street proposal – with a few extras

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

An extra $340,000 for colored uplighting in the trees. An additional $110,000 for protective fences around the new planters. The Concord City Council requested those details this week on a list of extras that could tack $730,000 onto the cost of the Main Street project. The councilors tabled …

In downtown Somersworth, a microcosm of Main Street

Sunday, July 13, 2014

One side of the street was in shreds. From the counter inside Best Pawn & Exchange in Somersworth on Friday morning, we could see and hear the crews from Severino Trucking Co. digging up Market Street outside. “We’re hurting right now,” owner Rafi Dalal said. “But we’re looking …

At Concord City Council meeting, city engineer downplays impact of downtown construction

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

In February, the Concord City Council told city staff to go back to the drawing board on the Main Street project. Last night, City Engineer Ed Roberge went back to the drawing board – literally – in front …

On Concord’s Main Street, business owners are ‘nervous’

Monday, June 30, 2014

On Friday afternoon, Sue McCoo marched out of the Viking House, across the street and through the door of Little River Oriental Rugs. In the back room, owner Gerry Carrier was crafting an email to gather the Merchants’ …

Concord announces new plan for Main Street makeover

Friday, June 27, 2014

Concord has announced a contractor and a $10.22 million proposal for construction on the Main Street project. The city’s latest plan preserves many of the project’s hallmarks, such as wider sidewalks and accessible entrances for downtown businesses, but …

Downtown: On Main Street project, PR firm hired by city waits for ‘the green light’

Monday, June 16, 2014

In January, city staff and the public relations team from Louis Karno & Co. discussed the roll out of the Main Street project weekly. Brett St. Clair, a partner at Louis Karno, was days away from installing webcams around Main Street for a video feed from construction. Another …

Main Street report to come out within two weeks, city official says

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Concord City Council will get a new report on the Main Street project within two weeks, said Carlos Baia, deputy city manger for development. In an email update yesterday, Baia declined to name the selected contractor. But he said city staff, consulting firm McFarland Johnson and representatives …

Concord to begin parking study as fund dwindles

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Concord will hire a consultant in an effort to save its parking fund, which is set to run out of money by the end of next year. Last night, the city council approved $115,000 to pay a private team to study the city’s parking and propose changes. Matt …

City officials mum on behind-the-scenes developments in Main Street project

Monday, May 12, 2014

Concord has narrowed its search for a general contractor on the Main Street project to one firm. And that’s about all city officials will say on the matter. That firm is still nameless. Negotiations are ongoing but top secret, so the scope and price of the project are …