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Main Street Redesign

Downtown: Focus of Concord’s Main Street project turns to signage

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The construction crews won’t arrive on Main Street until spring, but that doesn’t mean City Engineer Ed Roberge is bored. This winter, the Concord City Council and the public will weigh in on potential way-finding signage and lighting for the new downtown corridor. “This is kind of the fun piece, . . . the finishing touches of the downtown streetscape project,” Roberge said. Two consultants presented their designs to the …

Concord City Council approves 5-year tax break for former Vegas Block

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Concord City Council unanimously approved a tax benefit for the new owner of the former Vegas Block yesterday, clearing the way for its redevelopment in the next year. Owner Remi Hinxhia could now save more than $300,000 on his next five years of property tax bills as he upgrades the building he calls Remi’s Block, located at the intersection of North Main …

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 …

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. …

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 …