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Main Street Redesign

Digger, the mascot for the Downtown Main Street Project, greets Matthew Brenner, 3, from the YMCA childcare center before the ceremony at City Plaza in front of the State House yesterday.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

‘We are here’: Main Street businesses brace for construction

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

When construction began outside the Gyro House earlier this spring, owner Theodora Hinxhia’s daughter told her mom to stop writing her a paycheck for the hours she puts in at the Concord restaurant. “She said, ‘Mom, don’t pay me. Let’s just try to survive,’ ” Hinxhia said yesterday. Hinxhia’s Gyro House is one of the businesses along the nine-block stretch …

Last-minute plans could spring fountains on Main Street

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Two city councilors, developer Steve Duprey and the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce are leading a push to add fountains back into the Main Street project. At last week’s Concord City Council meeting, Jan McClure of Ward 3 and Byron Champlin of Ward 4 asked their fellow councilors to give the idea some …

Concord water main damaged during construction; Main Street flooded

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The contractor for the Main Street project broke a downtown water main, flooding the street yesterday morning and cutting off water to some businesses until the evening. The break occurred about 7:20 a.m. on the west side of the street, in front of Capital Plaza and across the street from CVS. Crews from …

INTERACTIVE MAP: Parking at the northern end

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The blue tabs represent where each Monitor staffer had to park when trying to be near the red tab, which in this case represents the Barley House. Click each blue tab to read the story about how and …

Concord City Council reviews private sector costs for Main Street project

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A portion of the Main Street redesign project and its long-term maintenance costs could be covered by special assessments for downtown properties. But the Concord City Council didn’t make a decision about financing last night. Mayor Jim Bouley …

How difficult is it to park in downtown Concord?

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Concord City Council spent hours last week debating parking for the redesigned Main Street. The result: Five more parking spaces on North Main Street in exchange for narrower sidewalks between Capital Plaza and Warren Street. The city’s …

Concord City Council adds parking to Main Street plans

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Concord’s Main Street design gained a few parking spaces last night. The city council voted for angled parking spaces on North Main Street, from Capital Plaza to Warren Street. The design team for the Main Street redesign project had proposed parallel parking in that area; the council’s vote …

Concord City Council revisits Main Street project parking debate

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The number of parking spaces on Concord’s redesigned Main Street is still up for debate. At a work session last night, the city council asked the project design team to return with options for more parking spaces on …

As deadline nears, Concord councilors hear Main Street input

Friday, May 24, 2013

Just three weeks before its deadline to submit Main Street redesign plans, the Concord City Council heard both praise and criticism about the plans last night from a variety of residents and business owners. Councilors spent more than …

CONCORD: City sketches financing for Main St. work

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Concord's plan to redesign and rebuild a dozen blocks of Main Street relies on a $4.71 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. That leaves $3.14 million - 40 percent of the project's estimated $7.85 million price tag - to come from other sources, with construction expected …

CONCORD: 'A very big deal for the city'

Monday, June 25, 2012

City and civic leaders were enthusiastic last week at the news that Concord will get $4.71 million in federal grant money to help redesign and rebuild 12 blocks of Main Street. After all, the money covers 60 percent of the project's estimated cost, instantly turning the plan from …

CONCORD: City lands $4.7 million for Main St.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The federal government has awarded Concord a $4.71 million grant to help redesign and rebuild 12 blocks of Main Street, kick-starting a plan that backers say will spur economic development and improve safety in the city center. The Department of Transportation grant, announced yesterday by U.S. Sen. Jeanne …

CONCORD: 'In downtown project, mayor a quiet force'

Sunday, July 22, 2012

For 2« years, as the idea of a three-lane Main Street has been debated and dissected in Concord, one key official has been noticeably cautious in his public statements on the project: Mayor Jim Bouley. Bouley has again and again said the city should invest in downtown to …

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. …

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 …