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Main Street Redesign

People mingle during an open house at Work Nest, a new co-working space in Concord, on Thursday evening, Aug. 27, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Downtown: Professionals get a first look at Work Nest

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Contemporary art on the walls. A pinball machine. Bright windows with a view of the South End neighborhood. High bar stools and a comfortable couch. This is Work Nest, and it might be Carolyn Mallon’s new office. “I’ve been working from home,” she said. “Especially in winter, it’s very isolating.” Mallon lives in Concord and works remotely for an app …

Downtown: Burgers and ice cream go gourmet

Sunday, August 16, 2015

A new gourmet burger restaurant and gelato shop will open on South Main Street. Jim and Jeannette Zaza will open Relish America Gourmet Burgers and Buza Dairy Bar in mid-September in the vacant side of 27 S. Main St., where Gibson’s Bookstore used to operate. The burger side will be the first American outpost of a Canadian chain with seven locations, also called …

Downtown: Concord looks to adopt forward-leaning, forward-thinking logo

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Construction is already under way to redesign nine blocks of Concord’s Main Street. Next up: redesigning the familiar blue-and-white wheelchair icon. The Accessible Icon Project began in 2010 in Cambridge, Mass., as a guerilla art campaign. Two artists placed stickers on top of existing parking signs, giving the International Symbol of Access a …

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 …

Concord official recommends several major changes to Main Street project

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

At a special meeting on the Main Street redesign next week, the Concord City Council could abandon some of the key components that sold the construction project to downtown business owners. The council has received a preliminary report …

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 …