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Main Street Redesign

Downtown: Concord officials comfortable with minimal safety net on Main Street project

Monday, January 26, 2015

Better safe than sorry, right? Maybe not, in the case of the Main Street project. As Concord prepares to break ground on the downtown redesign this spring, the city has already dipped into its contingency fund to buy $200,000 worth of signs. That leaves the city with about $94,000 for unforeseen costs during construction – less than 1 percent of the $10.69 million project budget. “A project like this is most comfortable with a contingency of 3 to 5 percent,” City Engineer Ed Roberge said. While the safety net for the Main Street project is less than the city’s norm, Roberge defended the dwindling fund. During an alternative bidding process last spring, Roberge said negotiations …

Concord City Council picks lighting, signage options

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Concord City Council debated wall murals, canopy lights and downtown banners last night, as they considered the lights and signs that will dot the new Main Street. But Bob Carey, a member of the Creative Concord Committee, hit on the feeling for many members of the public who weighed in. “The ideas are better than what we have now,” he said. The …

Downtown: Granite State Symphony Orchestra hopes hiatus is intermission, not finale

Monday, January 12, 2015

In April, the Granite State Symphony Orchestra was planning a 20th season to begin in November. They had cut their longtime conductor, looking for a new sound and a younger audience. But two months later, minutes from the June board meeting show the nonprofit was $8,500 in the hole and still expecting bills from a holiday concert. And when the group mailed information …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …