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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …