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Main Street Redesign

Without tax credits, no new fountain on Main Street

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A proposal to build a fountain on Concord’s city plaza has dried up, as the Community Development Finance Authority has denied an application for $200,000 in tax credits to pay for its construction. The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce applied for $200,000 in tax credits to build the fountain as part of the ongoing Main Street project. The board at the Community Development Finance Authority met Tuesday morning to divvy …

Downtown: Concord’s skyline glowing with pride

Sunday, July 19, 2015

To celebrate the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states, the face of the White House was lit with rainbow lights. The tops of the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center in New York City glowed in similar colors. A massive bridge in Minnesota and …

Old hydrant discovered during Main Street construction prompted water shutoff downtown

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Some downtown businesses were without water for about five hours Tuesday morning due to another mishap in construction on the Main Street project. This time, however, the culprit wasn’t a broken water main that flooded the street. As a city water crew dug up and replaced an old water hydrant across from Depot …

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 …

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 …