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Main Street Redesign

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 a decision Monday night that could have moved the project forward, but they’ll convene again July 30 to finally vote it up … 7

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 hurting right now,” owner Rafi Dalal said. “But we’re looking forward to the end.” The construction is part of a project to rebuild Market and … 3

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 of the council. On a white board, Roberge sketched the way cars would navigate through … 1

INTERACTIVE MAP: Parking at the southern end

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The blue tabs represent where each Monitor staffer had to park when trying to be near the red tab, which in this case represents Red River Theatre. Click each blue tab to read the story about how and … 0

INTERACTIVE MAP: Parking on central Main Street 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The blue tabs represent where each Monitor staffer had to park when trying to be near the red tab, which in this case represents CVS Pharmacy. Click each blue tab to read the story about how and when … 0

INTERACTIVE MAP: Parking at the northern end

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The blue tabs represent where each Monitor staffer had to park when trying to be near the red tab, which in this case represents the Barley House. Click each blue tab to read the story about how and … 0

Concord City Council reviews private sector costs for Main Street project

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A portion of the Main Street redesign project and its long-term maintenance costs could be covered by special assessments for downtown properties. But the Concord City Council didn’t make a decision about financing last night. Mayor Jim Bouley … 1

How difficult is it to park in downtown Concord?

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Concord City Council spent hours last week debating parking for the redesigned Main Street. The result: Five more parking spaces on North Main Street in exchange for narrower sidewalks between Capital Plaza and Warren Street. The city’s … 8

Concord City Council adds parking to Main Street plans

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Concord’s Main Street design gained a few parking spaces last night. The city council voted for angled parking spaces on North Main Street, from Capital Plaza to Warren Street. The design team for the Main Street redesign project had proposed parallel parking in that area; the council’s vote … 9

Concord City Council revisits Main Street project parking debate

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The number of parking spaces on Concord’s redesigned Main Street is still up for debate. At a work session last night, the city council asked the project design team to return with options for more parking spaces on … 15

As deadline nears, Concord councilors hear Main Street input

Friday, May 24, 2013

Just three weeks before its deadline to submit Main Street redesign plans, the Concord City Council heard both praise and criticism about the plans last night from a variety of residents and business owners. Councilors spent more than … 10

CONCORD: City sketches financing for Main St. work

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Concord's plan to redesign and rebuild a dozen blocks of Main Street relies on a $4.71 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. That leaves $3.14 million - 40 percent of the project's estimated $7.85 million price tag - to come from other sources, with construction expected … 10

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 … 10

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 … 10

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 … 10