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Main Street Redesign

Downtown: New opera company takes the stage at the Concord City Auditorium

Monday, October 27, 2014

There’s the Paris Opera, and the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. A little closer to home, find the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. Can’t forget the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Just across the border to Massachusetts, we’ve got the Boston Opera House. And now the Concord City Auditorium? For a young singer like 24-year-old Ashley Noelle Therrien, the city’s 110-year-old stage could very well be a …

Downtown: Main Street construction starts in Eagle Square

Monday, October 13, 2014

From her side of the large window at Salon Envy, owner Paula Blais has a clear view of passers-by tripping over broken bricks in Eagle Square. And for as many times as she’s been a witness, she’s tripped over those same bricks herself. So when contractor Severino Trucking Co. ripped up the bricks outside her hair salon this week, Blais didn’t mind at …

Downtown: Despite financial challenges, Intown Concord hopes to broaden its scope downtown

Monday, September 29, 2014

Three months ago, the owner of Pitchfork Records on South Main Street sat down before the Concord City Council and slammed Intown Concord for a lack of transparency. “What I would hope for is once you remove this cloak of secrecy, you’ll see a number of other merchants joining this organization,” Michael Cohen …

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 …

City officials look for answers on the Main Street project

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Ever since a second attempt to bid construction for the Main Street project produced only a single offer again, the city and its consultant engineers have been trying to answer one question. What went wrong? More than a week after the $13.83 million proposal came in for what …

From Main Street storefronts, business owners wait for update on redesign project

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Gerry Mark, co-owner of Caring Gifts, doesn’t want to lose parking spots near his downtown Concord shop. He definitely doesn’t think Main Street should be reduced from four lanes to two. But when the only proposal for Main …

Only one contractor responds to city’s second request for Main Street construction bids

Friday, January 24, 2014

Concord again received only one offer for Main Street construction, and it was even higher than the lone offer that came in during the city’s first attempt to bid the project. The city’s base estimate is $7.1 million …

Concord gets only 1 bid again for Main Street construction project

Friday, January 24, 2014

Concord again received an offer from only one contractor on Main Street construction, and it was even higher than the lone offer that came in during the city’s first attempt to bid the project. The city’s base estimate was $7.1 million for streetscape construction. During the public bid …

Concord begins second attempt at hiring contractor for Main Street project

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Concord is trying again to find a contractor for its Main Street redesign project. This summer, the city received an offer from just one contractor for the construction project, and it was for double the budgeted price. Officials …