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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

CONCORD: 'A very big deal for the city'

Monday, June 25, 2012

City and civic leaders were enthusiastic last week at the news that Concord will get $4.71 million in federal grant money to help redesign and rebuild 12 blocks of Main Street. After all, the money covers 60 percent of the project's estimated cost, instantly turning the plan from … 9

CONCORD: City lands $4.7 million for Main St.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The federal government has awarded Concord a $4.71 million grant to help redesign and rebuild 12 blocks of Main Street, kick-starting a plan that backers say will spur economic development and improve safety in the city center. The Department of Transportation grant, announced yesterday by U.S. Sen. Jeanne … 9

CONCORD: 'In downtown project, mayor a quiet force'

Sunday, July 22, 2012

For 2« years, as the idea of a three-lane Main Street has been debated and dissected in Concord, one key official has been noticeably cautious in his public statements on the project: Mayor Jim Bouley. Bouley has again and again said the city should invest in downtown to … 9

Correction

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A sub-headline in yesterday's Monitor, front page, incorrectly described a federal grant for Concord's Main Street. The Concord City Council voted to accept part of a $4.7 million grant. … 9

CONCORD: Second downtown grant denied

Monday, July 9, 2012

Concord is updating its development design guidelines this year for the first time in more than two decades. But a proposal to draw up special, binding architectural standards for the historic and civic core of downtown is on hold. City officials applied for a grant to finance that … 9

CONCORD: Main Street redo to get first vote

Friday, July 6, 2012

The Concord City Council will take its first vote Monday on a planned redesign for 12 blocks of Main Street, and will decide next month whether to accept part of a $4.71 million federal grant to help design the project. Monday's vote is something of a formality, on … 9

Concord mayor wants more public input on Main Street project

Monday, April 22, 2013

In the 10 months since Concord received a $4.71 million federal grant to redesign Main Street, the city has had more than 20 public meetings about the project. Next, the city council must finalize the designs. But councilors won’t make any decisions before gathering more public input, Mayor … 3

Big and small suggestions offered for Concord’s Main Street

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Two months before Concord must finalize its Main Street project, the design team is working out details of the streetscape plan. Meanwhile, some business owners continue to oppose a reduction of parking spaces. The city’s design team collected input on its latest plans for Main Street last night. … 2

Concord Main Street meeting covers accessibility plans, latest streetscape designs

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Granite benches on the sidewalks. Fountains in the State House plaza where children can play. A handicapped-accessible pedestrian ramp between Low and Phenix avenues, which would be closed to traffic and turned into a pocket park. Those features are among the latest designs for Concord’s Main Street presented … 3

Concord City Council accepts design – without roundabout – for Main Street

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Preliminary designs for Concord’s Main Street include parallel parking along one side of the street and closing Phenix Avenue to create a pocket park – but not a roundabout at the corner of Main and Pleasant streets. The Concord City Council accepted the preliminary designs last night for … 4

Concord residents weigh in on Main Street roundabout, maintenance

Monday, February 4, 2013

Concord residents voiced concerns last night about ongoing maintenance, a potential roundabout and aesthetics of the city’s Main Street redesign project. More than 100 people attended a public forum at the Grappone Conference Center, providing praise and feedback … 12

Concord: Main Street design team to welcome public input

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Residents can weigh in on Concord’s Main Street project tomorrow night at the Grappone Conference Center. The city’s design team will gather public input about the $7.85 million project that will reconstruct 12 blocks of Main Street. Engineers, architects and consultants will present the latest designs and maps … 0