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Main Street Redesign

A modified International Symbol of Access. (Wikipedia)

Concord cannot use modified wheelchair icon on Main Street, feds say

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The federal government has denied Concord’s request to use a modified version of the blue-and-white wheelchair icon on Main Street. The Accessible Icon Project began in 2010 in Cambridge, Mass., as a guerilla art campaign. Two artists placed stickers on top of existing parking signs to give the International Symbol of Access a new look. Instead of the passive upright figure, the wheelchair user depicted on the signs was a person leaning forward in motion. The symbol has been described as more empowering and more welcoming for people with disabilities. In five years, that modified icon has legitimized and spread to cities such as Cleveland, …

Downtown: Liberty Utilities could demolish historic gasholder

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Liberty Utilities is weighing whether to repair or demolish a historic gasholder building in Concord’s South End. During summer 2013, the iconic building off South Main Street sustained tree damage to its roof during a storm. Liberty Utilities spokesman John Shore said the company made temporary repairs in fall 2014, but those stopgap …

Concord City Council agrees to buy historic Abbot-Downing wagon

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Concord City Council voted Monday night to buy a historic Abbot-Downing wagon for $75,000. The Abbot-Downing Historical Society is raising money to buy seven historic vehicles made in Concord by the 19th-century company. The total price tag is $175,000; the group has raised at least $60,000 so far. But without help, its members told the city the vehicles would be sold to …

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 …

‘We are here’: Main Street businesses brace for construction

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

When construction began outside the Gyro House earlier this spring, owner Theodora Hinxhia’s daughter told her mom to stop writing her a paycheck for the hours she puts in at the Concord restaurant. “She said, ‘Mom, don’t pay …

Last-minute plans could spring fountains on Main Street

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Two city councilors, developer Steve Duprey and the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce are leading a push to add fountains back into the Main Street project. At last week’s Concord City Council meeting, Jan McClure of Ward 3 …

Concord water main damaged during construction; Main Street flooded

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The contractor for the Main Street project broke a downtown water main, flooding the street yesterday morning and cutting off water to some businesses until the evening. The break occurred about 7:20 a.m. on the west side of …

Due to construction, Main Street will switch to one-way traffic for rest of summer

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

As construction on the Main Street project begins in earnest and the contractor prepares to rip up the existing pavement, the city will switch five blocks of North Main Street to one-way traffic for the rest of the …

Downtown: A plant-based restaurant grows on Main Street

Sunday, April 12, 2015

When Willow Mauck says she is a lifelong vegetarian, she’s not kidding. Her grandmother sometimes cooked meat for her children, but didn’t eat it herself. Her mother is the owner of Susty’s Cafe, a vegan restaurant in Northwood. …

Downtown: A new home for superior court?

Monday, April 6, 2015

The state is eyeing the former New Hampshire Employment Security site on South Main Street as a future home for the Merrimack County Superior Court. In her budget proposal for the next biennium, Gov. Maggie Hassan has earmarked $18 million to build a replacement for the 1850s-era courthouse. …

Downtown: During Main Street construction, Severino Trucking hopes to win over ‘hearts and minds’

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Last week, Tom Severino called in all of the subcontractors for the Main Street redesign into the project office on Hills Avenue. He passed out a single sheet of paper with the header “Severino Values.” “We all need …