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Main Street Redesign

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 $94,000 for unforeseen costs during construction – less than 1 percent of the $10.69 million project budget. “A project like this is most comfortable with a contingency of 3 to 5 percent,” City Engineer Ed Roberge said. While the safety net for the Main Street project is less than the city’s norm, Roberge defended the dwindling fund. During an alternative bidding process last spring, Roberge said negotiations …

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 who weighed in. “The ideas are better than what we have now,” he said. The …

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 hole and still expecting bills from a holiday concert. And when the group mailed information …

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 …

Engineering firms key players in Concord's plans

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

When engineer Gene McCarthy sat down in front of a semi-circle of city councilors mid-February, he had some explaining to do. His firm, McFarland Johnson, had calculated the cost estimates for the Main Street redesign project – and …

Downtown: Above the Main Street construction, a good night’s sleep

Monday, February 24, 2014

When the garbage truck rumbles past the Endicott Hotel at 4:30 a.m., Frank Albanese wakes up. When the snowplows come through downtown in the early hours of the morning, he hears them. “We do live in the city,” …

Concord to solicit contractors for Main Street redesign project – again

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

For a third time, Concord will try to find a contractor for the Main Street redesign. And this time, the city council has given its blessing to loosening some of the project’s restrictions, which were recommended by a …

Concord official recommends several major changes to Main Street project

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

At a special meeting on the Main Street redesign next week, the Concord City Council could abandon some of the key components that sold the construction project to downtown business owners. The council has received a preliminary report …

Downtown: Council to make decisions about Main Street, snow-melt system

Sunday, February 9, 2014

When the city council takes up the Main Street project again tonight, one of the larger items it could nix from the plan is a downtown snow-melt system. City staff will present options for moving forward on the downtown redesign tonight, the first regular meeting of the council …

Main Street parameters add ‘inflation factor,’ city staff says

Monday, February 3, 2014

Many of the contractors interested in the Main Street redesign project have balked at the city’s parameters set for construction, like working mostly at night and keeping most of Main Street parking open, city staff told the council …

Downtown: Accessibility key to ‘complete’ Main Street

Monday, February 3, 2014

A pocket park and public art. Heated sidewalks and a center median. The flashy hallmarks of the Main Street redesign are now at stake, as city staff recuperates from a poor response to its second request for construction bids. What is also at stake is a core aspect …