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Main Street Redesign

The construction on Main Street in downtown Concord is seen from Dick Mark and Ellis Robinson's third-floor apartment on Friday, May 15, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Downtown: A room with a view

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ellis Robinson peered at the excavator two stories below on Concord’s Main Street. The driver swept the equipment’s long arm across the gravel, navigating the heavy machinery with ease. “An artist,” Robinson said. Robinson and her husband, Dick Mark, have a literal window to the ongoing construction downtown. In March, they moved into a third-floor apartment above Rowland Studio and …

Downtown stalwarts eye construction with apprehension, hope

Sunday, May 10, 2015

When Jane Valliere left for college, she never thought she would come back to Concord. Last month, however, she celebrated the 31st anniversary of her restaurant Hermanos, just a block off Concord’s Main Street. She’ll proudly tell you that she hosts the most live jazz music north of Boston and that her customers …

Structure of old Eagle Hotel could prohibit new accessible entrances for three businesses

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Due to a snag in construction on the Main Street project, Concord could nix three of 18 newly accessible entrances promised in the design. As crews rebuild the downtown sidewalks, the city has promised it will also eliminate the single or double step at the front door of 18 storefronts. That change is one of the hallmarks of the Main Street redesign. But …

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 …

INTERACTIVE MAP: Parking at the southern 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 Red River Theatre. Click each blue tab to read the story about how and …

INTERACTIVE MAP: Parking on central Main Street 

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 CVS Pharmacy. Click each blue tab to read the story about how and when …

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 …