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Main Street Redesign

The construction on Main Street in downtown Concord is seen from Dick Mark and Ellis Robinson's third-floor apartment on Friday, May 15, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

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 a third-floor apartment above Rowland Studio and …

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 18 storefronts. That change is one of the hallmarks of the Main Street redesign. But …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Downtown: Focus of Concord’s Main Street project turns to signage

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The construction crews won’t arrive on Main Street until spring, but that doesn’t mean City Engineer Ed Roberge is bored. This winter, the Concord City Council and the public will weigh in on potential way-finding signage and lighting for the new downtown corridor. “This is kind of the …

Concord City Council approves 5-year tax break for former Vegas Block

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Concord City Council unanimously approved a tax benefit for the new owner of the former Vegas Block yesterday, clearing the way for its redevelopment in the next year. Owner Remi Hinxhia could now save more than $300,000 on his next five years of property tax bills as …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Downtown: ‘Preseason’ starts for Main Street project

Monday, September 8, 2014

This week, the PR team will start walking around downtown and chatting up business owners. Next week, the construction signs will go up around town. The excavator will dig in the week after that. Construction on the Main …

Concord Main Street gets green light

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Concord City Council approved the Main Street project last night, and construction will begin this fall. Most of the votes on the table passed 14-1 with dissent only from Ward 2 Councilor Allan Herschlag. The proposal approved …

Main Street meeting will be held tonight

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Concord City Council will hold a special meeting tonight to vote on several resolutions related to the Main Street project. If all of the resolutions on the agenda are approved, the city will move forward with a $10.95 million redesign of the downtown corridor. The council needs …

Council will vote on Main Street proposal – with a few extras

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

An extra $340,000 for colored uplighting in the trees. An additional $110,000 for protective fences around the new planters. The Concord City Council requested those details this week on a list of extras that could tack $730,000 onto the cost of the Main Street project. The councilors tabled …