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Main Street Redesign

The construction on Main Street in downtown Concord is seen from Dick Mark and Ellis Robinson's third-floor apartment on Friday, May 15, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

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 a third-floor apartment above Rowland Studio and …

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 …

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 18 storefronts. That change is one of the hallmarks of the Main Street redesign. But …

Downtown: Council to make decisions about Main Street, snow-melt system

Sunday, February 9, 2014

When the city council takes up the Main Street project again tonight, one of the larger items it could nix from the plan is a downtown snow-melt system. City staff will present options for moving forward on the downtown redesign tonight, the first regular meeting of the council …

Main Street parameters add ‘inflation factor,’ city staff says

Monday, February 3, 2014

Many of the contractors interested in the Main Street redesign project have balked at the city’s parameters set for construction, like working mostly at night and keeping most of Main Street parking open, city staff told the council …

Downtown: Accessibility key to ‘complete’ Main Street

Monday, February 3, 2014

A pocket park and public art. Heated sidewalks and a center median. The flashy hallmarks of the Main Street redesign are now at stake, as city staff recuperates from a poor response to its second request for construction bids. What is also at stake is a core aspect …

City officials look for answers on the Main Street project

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Ever since a second attempt to bid construction for the Main Street project produced only a single offer again, the city and its consultant engineers have been trying to answer one question. What went wrong? More than a week after the $13.83 million proposal came in for what …

From Main Street storefronts, business owners wait for update on redesign project

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Gerry Mark, co-owner of Caring Gifts, doesn’t want to lose parking spots near his downtown Concord shop. He definitely doesn’t think Main Street should be reduced from four lanes to two. But when the only proposal for Main …

Only one contractor responds to city’s second request for Main Street construction bids

Friday, January 24, 2014

Concord again received only one offer for Main Street construction, and it was even higher than the lone offer that came in during the city’s first attempt to bid the project. The city’s base estimate is $7.1 million …

Concord gets only 1 bid again for Main Street construction project

Friday, January 24, 2014

Concord again received an offer from only one contractor on Main Street construction, and it was even higher than the lone offer that came in during the city’s first attempt to bid the project. The city’s base estimate was $7.1 million for streetscape construction. During the public bid …

Concord begins second attempt at hiring contractor for Main Street project

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Concord is trying again to find a contractor for its Main Street redesign project. This summer, the city received an offer from just one contractor for the construction project, and it was for double the budgeted price. Officials …

Concord receives only one contractor bid for Main Street construction

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Concord received an offer from only one contractor for its Main Street construction project, and it is double the price the city budgeted. City Engineer Ed Roberge said the city will likely need to reissue its request for …

Concord installs sample lights on Main Street

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Two sample streetlights are up on North Main Street this week, as city officials gather comments about their design and light quality. City Engineer Ed Roberge said he’s looking to gather feedback about the brightness and color of …

Concord receives $700,000 tax credit grant for Main Street project

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Concord has received $700,000 in tax credit grants for its upcoming Main Street redesign project. That amount is just half of what the city had requested; its application to the state’s Community Development Finance Authority sought $1.4 million. “I would have loved to have more, but I’m glad …

Downtown: 17 of 18 inaccessible Main Street storefronts could be fixed by redesign

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Most building entrances along Main Street will become accessible in the next few years. The city’s engineers have potential solutions for 17 of 18 inaccessible storefronts, according to a chart tracking the plans. The solutions would become part of the city’s Main Street redesign project. But the plans …