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Main Street Redesign

Concord Mayor Jim Bouley, City Manager Tom Aspell and Councilor-at-large Mark Cohen listen to Concord resident Suzanne Smith-Meyer comment regarding keeping the character of Concord's downtown area during last night's City council meeting.  (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)

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 will rebuild and redesign nine blocks of Main Street for $10.69 million. From Centre Street to Concord Street, the construction will widen … 15

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 a two-thirds majority to pass those measures. The meeting will be open for public comment. … 0

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 … 7

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 … 7

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 … 7

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. … 7

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 … 7

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 … 7

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

Engineer: Main Street roundabout may have “more cons than pros”

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Engineers are still analyzing a potential roundabout design at Main and Pleasant streets in Concord, but its drawbacks could outweigh its benefits, they told downtown merchants at a meeting yesterday. The steep slope on the Pleasant Street Extension … 9