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Main Street Redesign

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 July 30 to finally vote it up … 7

In downtown Somersworth, a microcosm of Main Street

Sunday, July 13, 2014

One side of the street was in shreds. From the counter inside Best Pawn & Exchange in Somersworth on Friday morning, we could see and hear the crews from Severino Trucking Co. digging up Market Street outside. “We’re hurting right now,” owner Rafi Dalal said. “But we’re looking forward to the end.” The construction is part of a project to rebuild Market and … 3

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 of the council. On a white board, Roberge sketched the way cars would navigate through … 1

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. … 1

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 … 1

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 … 1

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

What will Concord's new Main Street look like? Team releases first designs

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Concord’s Main Street could have wide sidewalks, outdoor seating areas, landscaping and public art, according to images from the team working on the $7.85 million streetscape project. Design proposals include relocating the clock tower from Eagle Square to … 18

Engineering consultant: Roundabout for Concord’s Main St. has benefits, challenges

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The intersection of Main and Pleasant streets could function as a roundabout, consultants for Concord’s Main Street project said last night. Replacing traffic lights with a roundabout at the intersection would improve safety for motorists and pedestrians by slowing and calming traffic flow, said Gene McCarthy, a consultant … 8