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Main Street Redesign

Contractors install a lamp post on the east side of Main Street in downtown Concord on Thursday, June 4, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

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 Brett St. Clair said. By its completion in 2016, the Main Street project will redesign and rebuild nine blocks of the downtown corridor. The north end of the street is currently under construction; work on the south end will begin next spring. The crews from Severino Trucking Co. are approaching their deadline to complete the east side of North Main Street in time for Market Days, but …

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 …

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 …

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 …

In downtown Somersworth, a microcosm of Main Street

Sunday, July 13, 2014

One side of the street was in shreds. From the counter inside Best Pawn & Exchange in Somersworth on Friday morning, we could see and hear the crews from Severino Trucking Co. digging up Market Street outside. “We’re …

At Concord City Council meeting, city engineer downplays impact of downtown construction

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

In February, the Concord City Council told city staff to go back to the drawing board on the Main Street project. Last night, City Engineer Ed Roberge went back to the drawing board – literally – in front …

On Concord’s Main Street, business owners are ‘nervous’

Monday, June 30, 2014

On Friday afternoon, Sue McCoo marched out of the Viking House, across the street and through the door of Little River Oriental Rugs. In the back room, owner Gerry Carrier was crafting an email to gather the Merchants’ …

Concord announces new plan for Main Street makeover

Friday, June 27, 2014

Concord has announced a contractor and a $10.22 million proposal for construction on the Main Street project. The city’s latest plan preserves many of the project’s hallmarks, such as wider sidewalks and accessible entrances for downtown businesses, but …

Downtown: On Main Street project, PR firm hired by city waits for ‘the green light’

Monday, June 16, 2014

In January, city staff and the public relations team from Louis Karno & Co. discussed the roll out of the Main Street project weekly. Brett St. Clair, a partner at Louis Karno, was days away from installing webcams around Main Street for a video feed from construction. Another …

Main Street report to come out within two weeks, city official says

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Concord City Council will get a new report on the Main Street project within two weeks, said Carlos Baia, deputy city manger for development. In an email update yesterday, Baia declined to name the selected contractor. But he said city staff, consulting firm McFarland Johnson and representatives …

Concord to begin parking study as fund dwindles

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Concord will hire a consultant in an effort to save its parking fund, which is set to run out of money by the end of next year. Last night, the city council approved $115,000 to pay a private team to study the city’s parking and propose changes. Matt …

City officials mum on behind-the-scenes developments in Main Street project

Monday, May 12, 2014

Concord has narrowed its search for a general contractor on the Main Street project to one firm. And that’s about all city officials will say on the matter. That firm is still nameless. Negotiations are ongoing but top secret, so the scope and price of the project are …

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 …