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Main Street Redesign

A rendering of what North Main Street would look like after the Main Street project changes. Louis Karno & Company Communications, the public relations firm handling the Main Street project, released these illustrations updated with changes that the project would bring to downtown Concord. 

(Pixate Solutions for City of Concord)

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 their numbers had fallen millions short of the amount asked by the pair of contractors that bid on construction. “I just can’t … 1

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,” Albanese said, and those are the sounds of a city. To live in the two-bedroom … 1

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 task force of community leaders and business owners in fall 2012. “I hope you’re successful … 9

Downtown: 17 of 18 inaccessible Main Street storefronts could be fixed by redesign

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Most building entrances along Main Street will become accessible in the next few years. The city’s engineers have potential solutions for 17 of 18 inaccessible storefronts, according to a chart tracking the plans. The solutions would become part of the city’s Main Street redesign project. But the plans … 0

Main Street project can solve Phenix Hall accessibility issues, attorney says

Saturday, June 8, 2013

The lawsuit over accessibility to Phenix Hall and its bagel shop should be dismissed because Concord’s Main Street renovations will include a ramp into the building, according to an attorney representing property owner Mark Ciborowski. “The redesign of … 0

Concord City Council approves Main Street designs

Friday, June 7, 2013

It’s official: Concord’s Main Street will have a new look by 2015. The city council voted last night to approve plans for the downtown overhaul, one year after receiving a $4.71 million federal grant for the project. The … 10

INTERACTIVE MAP: Parking at the southern end

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The blue tabs represent where each Monitor staffer had to park when trying to be near the red tab, which in this case represents Red River Theatre. Click each blue tab to read the story about how and … 0

INTERACTIVE MAP: Parking on central Main Street 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The blue tabs represent where each Monitor staffer had to park when trying to be near the red tab, which in this case represents CVS Pharmacy. Click each blue tab to read the story about how and when … 0

INTERACTIVE MAP: Parking at the northern end

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The blue tabs represent where each Monitor staffer had to park when trying to be near the red tab, which in this case represents the Barley House. Click each blue tab to read the story about how and … 0

Concord City Council reviews private sector costs for Main Street project

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A portion of the Main Street redesign project and its long-term maintenance costs could be covered by special assessments for downtown properties. But the Concord City Council didn’t make a decision about financing last night. Mayor Jim Bouley … 1

How difficult is it to park in downtown Concord?

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Concord City Council spent hours last week debating parking for the redesigned Main Street. The result: Five more parking spaces on North Main Street in exchange for narrower sidewalks between Capital Plaza and Warren Street. The city’s … 8

Concord City Council adds parking to Main Street plans

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Concord’s Main Street design gained a few parking spaces last night. The city council voted for angled parking spaces on North Main Street, from Capital Plaza to Warren Street. The design team for the Main Street redesign project had proposed parallel parking in that area; the council’s vote … 9

Concord City Council revisits Main Street project parking debate

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The number of parking spaces on Concord’s redesigned Main Street is still up for debate. At a work session last night, the city council asked the project design team to return with options for more parking spaces on … 15

As deadline nears, Concord councilors hear Main Street input

Friday, May 24, 2013

Just three weeks before its deadline to submit Main Street redesign plans, the Concord City Council heard both praise and criticism about the plans last night from a variety of residents and business owners. Councilors spent more than … 10

CONCORD: City sketches financing for Main St. work

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Concord's plan to redesign and rebuild a dozen blocks of Main Street relies on a $4.71 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. That leaves $3.14 million - 40 percent of the project's estimated $7.85 million price tag - to come from other sources, with construction expected … 10