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Main Street Redesign

Downtown: Burgers and ice cream go gourmet

Sunday, August 16, 2015

A new gourmet burger restaurant and gelato shop will open on South Main Street. Jim and Jeannette Zaza will open Relish America Gourmet Burgers and Buza Dairy Bar in mid-September in the vacant side of 27 S. Main St., where Gibson’s Bookstore used to operate. The burger side will be the first American outpost of a Canadian chain with seven locations, also called Relish Gourmet Burgers. On the spectrum of …

Downtown: Concord looks to adopt forward-leaning, forward-thinking logo

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Construction is already under way to redesign nine blocks of Concord’s Main Street. Next up: redesigning the familiar blue-and-white wheelchair icon. The Accessible Icon Project began in 2010 in Cambridge, Mass., as a guerilla art campaign. Two artists placed stickers on top of existing parking signs, giving the International Symbol of Access a …

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 …

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 …

From Main Street storefronts, business owners wait for update on redesign project

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Gerry Mark, co-owner of Caring Gifts, doesn’t want to lose parking spots near his downtown Concord shop. He definitely doesn’t think Main Street should be reduced from four lanes to two. But when the only proposal for Main …

Only one contractor responds to city’s second request for Main Street construction bids

Friday, January 24, 2014

Concord again received only one offer for Main Street construction, and it was even higher than the lone offer that came in during the city’s first attempt to bid the project. The city’s base estimate is $7.1 million …

Concord gets only 1 bid again for Main Street construction project

Friday, January 24, 2014

Concord again received an offer from only one contractor on Main Street construction, and it was even higher than the lone offer that came in during the city’s first attempt to bid the project. The city’s base estimate was $7.1 million for streetscape construction. During the public bid …

Concord begins second attempt at hiring contractor for Main Street project

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Concord is trying again to find a contractor for its Main Street redesign project. This summer, the city received an offer from just one contractor for the construction project, and it was for double the budgeted price. Officials …

Concord receives only one contractor bid for Main Street construction

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Concord received an offer from only one contractor for its Main Street construction project, and it is double the price the city budgeted. City Engineer Ed Roberge said the city will likely need to reissue its request for …

Concord installs sample lights on Main Street

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Two sample streetlights are up on North Main Street this week, as city officials gather comments about their design and light quality. City Engineer Ed Roberge said he’s looking to gather feedback about the brightness and color of …

Concord receives $700,000 tax credit grant for Main Street project

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Concord has received $700,000 in tax credit grants for its upcoming Main Street redesign project. That amount is just half of what the city had requested; its application to the state’s Community Development Finance Authority sought $1.4 million. “I would have loved to have more, but I’m glad …

Downtown: 17 of 18 inaccessible Main Street storefronts could be fixed by redesign

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Most building entrances along Main Street will become accessible in the next few years. The city’s engineers have potential solutions for 17 of 18 inaccessible storefronts, according to a chart tracking the plans. The solutions would become part of the city’s Main Street redesign project. But the plans …

Main Street project can solve Phenix Hall accessibility issues, attorney says

Saturday, June 8, 2013

The lawsuit over accessibility to Phenix Hall and its bagel shop should be dismissed because Concord’s Main Street renovations will include a ramp into the building, according to an attorney representing property owner Mark Ciborowski. “The redesign of …

Concord City Council approves Main Street designs

Friday, June 7, 2013

It’s official: Concord’s Main Street will have a new look by 2015. The city council voted last night to approve plans for the downtown overhaul, one year after receiving a $4.71 million federal grant for the project. The …