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Main Street Redesign

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 the Purple Pit jazz club. The city’s code currently doesn’t allow bottling of beverages in the downtown area, so Molnar had to …

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, local officials promote Small Business Saturday

Monday, November 23, 2015

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen took a stroll in downtown Concord on Monday. The senator’s tour was hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration, in hopes of touting the upcoming Small Business Saturday and the ongoing Main Street project. Along with local businesspeople and officials like state Sen. Dan Feltes and City Manager Tom …

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 those shoppers arrive, they will find more businesses have opened than closed in downtown Concord …

On budget, downtown redesign comes to a close on North Main Street

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Two-way traffic has reopened on North Main Street in Concord, as construction on the downtown redesign wraps up for this year. Both lanes were open Friday evening, and paid parking on North Main Street will resume Monday. “We’re …

Confused driver cited in School Street incident

Friday, October 30, 2015

Drivers, remember: Downtown is still a construction zone for two more weeks. An apparently confused driver went the wrong way down School Street on Friday and wound up with a close-up view of the Main Street project. Passers-by …

Concord City Council holds off on lighting decision downtown

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Sculptures, holiday wreaths and colorful lights on the Fourth of July. After years of planning and discussion on the Main Street project, the Concord City Council has finally reached the finishing touches of the design. “You had to make a lot of hard decisions,” artist Pam Tarbell told …

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 …

Concord cannot use modified wheelchair icon on Main Street, feds say

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The federal government has denied Concord’s request to use a modified version of the blue-and-white wheelchair icon on Main Street. The Accessible Icon Project began in 2010 in Cambridge, Mass., as a guerilla art campaign. Two artists placed …

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 …

Concord City Council agrees to buy historic Abbot-Downing wagon

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Concord City Council voted Monday night to buy a historic Abbot-Downing wagon for $75,000. The Abbot-Downing Historical Society is raising money to buy seven historic vehicles made in Concord by the 19th-century company. The total price tag is $175,000; the group has raised at least $60,000 so …

Downtown: State will begin renovation of State House dome

Sunday, September 13, 2015

The gold dome atop the New Hampshire State House will finally get a long-awaited shine. The delicate process of rebuilding and regilding the capitol building in Concord began this past weekend. Next year, the dingy dome will have …

Second lighting demo to take place on Concord’s Main Street

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A second demonstration of the options for new sidewalk lights on North Main Street will take place Wednesday evening at dusk. Main Street project officials will be testing the lights across from the State House arch around 7:45 p.m. The first demonstration was Tuesday night at the same …

Downtown: Professionals get a first look at Work Nest

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Contemporary art on the walls. A pinball machine. Bright windows with a view of the South End neighborhood. High bar stools and a comfortable couch. This is Work Nest, and it might be Carolyn Mallon’s new office. “I’ve …

Downtown: Burgers and ice cream go gourmet

Sunday, August 16, 2015

A new gourmet burger restaurant and gelato shop will open on South Main Street. Jim and Jeannette Zaza will open Relish America Gourmet Burgers and Buza Dairy Bar in mid-September in the vacant side of 27 S. Main St., where Gibson’s Bookstore used to operate. The burger side …

Downtown: Concord looks to adopt forward-leaning, forward-thinking logo

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Construction is already under way to redesign nine blocks of Concord’s Main Street. Next up: redesigning the familiar blue-and-white wheelchair icon. The Accessible Icon Project began in 2010 in Cambridge, Mass., as a guerilla art campaign. Two artists …