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Main Street Redesign

Contractors install a lamp post on the east side of Main Street in downtown Concord on Thursday, June 4, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

CONCORD: Pieces put in place

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Trees. Benches. Lampposts. These amenities began to appear on North Main Street last week as part of the ongoing downtown redesign. “This is kind of giving us a flavor of what it’s going to look like,” project spokesman Brett St. Clair said. By its completion in 2016, the Main Street project will redesign and rebuild nine blocks of the downtown corridor. The north end of the street is currently under construction; work on the south end will begin next spring. The crews from Severino Trucking Co. are approaching their deadline to complete the east side of North Main Street in time for Market Days, but …

Downtown: A room with a view

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ellis Robinson peered at the excavator two stories below on Concord’s Main Street. The driver swept the equipment’s long arm across the gravel, navigating the heavy machinery with ease. “An artist,” Robinson said. Robinson and her husband, Dick Mark, have a literal window to the ongoing construction downtown. In March, they moved into …

Downtown stalwarts eye construction with apprehension, hope

Sunday, May 10, 2015

When Jane Valliere left for college, she never thought she would come back to Concord. Last month, however, she celebrated the 31st anniversary of her restaurant Hermanos, just a block off Concord’s Main Street. She’ll proudly tell you that she hosts the most live jazz music north of Boston and that her customers …

Structure of old Eagle Hotel could prohibit new accessible entrances for three businesses

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Due to a snag in construction on the Main Street project, Concord could nix three of 18 newly accessible entrances promised in the design. As crews rebuild the downtown sidewalks, the city has promised it will also eliminate the single or double step at the front door of …

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 …

‘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 …

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 …

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 …