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Main Street Redesign

Downtown: New opera company takes the stage at the Concord City Auditorium

Monday, October 27, 2014

There’s the Paris Opera, and the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. A little closer to home, find the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. Can’t forget the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Just across the border to Massachusetts, we’ve got the Boston Opera House. And now the Concord City Auditorium? For a young singer like 24-year-old Ashley Noelle Therrien, the city’s 110-year-old stage could very well be a …

Downtown: Main Street construction starts in Eagle Square

Monday, October 13, 2014

From her side of the large window at Salon Envy, owner Paula Blais has a clear view of passers-by tripping over broken bricks in Eagle Square. And for as many times as she’s been a witness, she’s tripped over those same bricks herself. So when contractor Severino Trucking Co. ripped up the bricks outside her hair salon this week, Blais didn’t mind at …

Downtown: Despite financial challenges, Intown Concord hopes to broaden its scope downtown

Monday, September 29, 2014

Three months ago, the owner of Pitchfork Records on South Main Street sat down before the Concord City Council and slammed Intown Concord for a lack of transparency. “What I would hope for is once you remove this cloak of secrecy, you’ll see a number of other merchants joining this organization,” Michael Cohen …

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. …

Main Street committee finalizes two-lane proposal

Friday, November 16, 2012

Concord’s Main Street redesign could include parallel parking on one side of the street – but only if the loss of total parking spaces is limited, the city’s Main Street advisory committee agreed last night. The 17-member committee recommended to the Concord City Council that the design not …

Main Street panel discusses angled parking options

Friday, November 9, 2012

Concord’s Main Street advisory committee debated last night whether they would prefer angled parking on both sides of the street or angled parking along one side with parallel parking on the other. For the first time in seven …

Concord residents: ‘Would like to see Main Street become a vibrant destination’

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Concord’s Main Street should become a vibrant destination as a result of the city’s $7.85 million streetscape project, residents agreed during a public forum last night. But finding a parking configuration and balancing competing interests will be the most challenging parts of the project, about 140 residents reported …

Main Street committee seeks public input

Friday, November 2, 2012

At a special event on Wednesday, Concord residents can tell the city’s advisory committee what they think about the Main Street redesign project. The two-hour event will include small-group conversations led by third party facilitators. Residents will be asked to discuss their priorities for Concord’s redesign of 12 …

Concord: Main St. panel toys with center parking

Friday, November 2, 2012

Concord’s Main Street advisory committee heard ideas from a number of groups with an interest in the streetscape project last night, including a proposal to move parking to the middle of the street. The 17-member committee now has two weeks before its deadline to recommend a design to …