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Main Street Redesign

Concord City Council holds off on lighting decision downtown

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Sculptures, holiday wreaths and colorful lights on the Fourth of July. After years of planning and discussion on the Main Street project, the Concord City Council has finally reached the finishing touches of the design. “You had to make a lot of hard decisions,” artist Pam Tarbell told the council. “I’m hoping picking public sculptures is more fun.” At a meeting Tuesday, the group reviewed suggestions for public art, lighting …

Downtown: Concord City Council will talk lighting, public art for Main Street

Sunday, October 11, 2015

A “psychedelic hot tub,” or a “festive” downtown? The Concord City Council will decide whether to add white or programmable colored uplighting to the trees on the new Main Street, and a recent city survey showed strong opinions on either side. “Colored lights are TACKY!” one person wrote. “Main Street is not a …

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 …

Concord to begin parking study as fund dwindles

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Concord will hire a consultant in an effort to save its parking fund, which is set to run out of money by the end of next year. Last night, the city council approved $115,000 to pay a private team to study the city’s parking and propose changes. Matt …

City officials mum on behind-the-scenes developments in Main Street project

Monday, May 12, 2014

Concord has narrowed its search for a general contractor on the Main Street project to one firm. And that’s about all city officials will say on the matter. That firm is still nameless. Negotiations are ongoing but top secret, so the scope and price of the project are …

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 …