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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 …

Without tax credits, no new fountain on Main Street

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A proposal to build a fountain on Concord’s city plaza has dried up, as the Community Development Finance Authority has denied an application for $200,000 in tax credits to pay for its construction. The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce applied for $200,000 in tax credits to build the …

Downtown: Concord’s skyline glowing with pride

Sunday, July 19, 2015

To celebrate the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states, the face of the White House was lit with rainbow lights. The tops of the Empire State Building and One World Trade …

Old hydrant discovered during Main Street construction prompted water shutoff downtown

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Some downtown businesses were without water for about five hours Tuesday morning due to another mishap in construction on the Main Street project. This time, however, the culprit wasn’t a broken water main that flooded the street. As …

Public opinion split on Main Street fountain

Monday, July 13, 2015

They told the Concord City Council to be brave, but that request didn’t mean the same to everyone. Fifteen people spoke at Monday’s public hearing about a proposed fountain on the city plaza in front of the State House, and five additional people submitted letters to the council …

Downtown: Concord chamber, legislators still push to open State House on Saturdays

Sunday, July 12, 2015

A proposal to open the State House on Saturdays failed in the Legislature last month, but Concord leaders haven’t given up on what they say would be a boost to local tourism. New Hampshire currently opens its statehouse …

North Main Street construction on track to wrap up in November

Saturday, July 11, 2015

With about a quarter of the Main Street project completed, the downtown construction is on schedule and on budget. Snags so far – a water main break in April and a late delivery of granite pavers for the …

Downtown: Many merchants performed better during earlier Market Days

Sunday, July 5, 2015

For Gretchen Peters at Puppy Love Hot Dogs, Market Days is Christmas. Intown Concord’s annual street festival is her biggest weekend of the year, and this summer, the holiday was extra festive. “I had one of my busiest …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …