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Main Street Redesign

A modified International Symbol of Access. (Wikipedia)

Concord cannot use modified wheelchair icon on Main Street, feds say

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The federal government has denied Concord’s request to use a modified version of the blue-and-white wheelchair icon on Main Street. 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 to give the International Symbol of Access a new look. Instead of the passive upright figure, the wheelchair user depicted on the signs was a person leaning forward in motion. The symbol has been described as more empowering and more welcoming for people with disabilities. In five years, that modified icon has legitimized and spread to cities such as Cleveland, …

Downtown: Liberty Utilities could demolish historic gasholder

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Liberty Utilities is weighing whether to repair or demolish a historic gasholder building in Concord’s South End. During summer 2013, the iconic building off South Main Street sustained tree damage to its roof during a storm. Liberty Utilities spokesman John Shore said the company made temporary repairs in fall 2014, but those stopgap …

Concord City Council agrees to buy historic Abbot-Downing wagon

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Concord City Council voted Monday night to buy a historic Abbot-Downing wagon for $75,000. The Abbot-Downing Historical Society is raising money to buy seven historic vehicles made in Concord by the 19th-century company. The total price tag is $175,000; the group has raised at least $60,000 so far. But without help, its members told the city the vehicles would be sold to …

Engineering firms key players in Concord's plans

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

When engineer Gene McCarthy sat down in front of a semi-circle of city councilors mid-February, he had some explaining to do. His firm, McFarland Johnson, had calculated the cost estimates for the Main Street redesign project – and …

Downtown: Above the Main Street construction, a good night’s sleep

Monday, February 24, 2014

When the garbage truck rumbles past the Endicott Hotel at 4:30 a.m., Frank Albanese wakes up. When the snowplows come through downtown in the early hours of the morning, he hears them. “We do live in the city,” …

Concord to solicit contractors for Main Street redesign project – again

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

For a third time, Concord will try to find a contractor for the Main Street redesign. And this time, the city council has given its blessing to loosening some of the project’s restrictions, which were recommended by a …

Concord official recommends several major changes to Main Street project

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

At a special meeting on the Main Street redesign next week, the Concord City Council could abandon some of the key components that sold the construction project to downtown business owners. The council has received a preliminary report …

Downtown: Council to make decisions about Main Street, snow-melt system

Sunday, February 9, 2014

When the city council takes up the Main Street project again tonight, one of the larger items it could nix from the plan is a downtown snow-melt system. City staff will present options for moving forward on the downtown redesign tonight, the first regular meeting of the council …

Main Street parameters add ‘inflation factor,’ city staff says

Monday, February 3, 2014

Many of the contractors interested in the Main Street redesign project have balked at the city’s parameters set for construction, like working mostly at night and keeping most of Main Street parking open, city staff told the council …

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 …