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Phenix Hall, Christ the King food pantry, rail trail on Concord planning board’s agenda
04-16-2024 8:58 AM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Several major city projects — including one for a food pantry that drew ire from parents of a nearby school and the other for a mixed-use commercial, apartment, restaurant and event complex — are slated to come before the Concord Planning Board...

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Will new legislative garage behind State House ease downtown parking?
03-28-2024 2:24 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

As heavy machinery makes way for a new parking garage for lawmakers, some Concord residents and officials have wondered whether the new structure will help ease the pressure on downtown parking.The answer, according to state and city leaders, has yet...


‘They don’t have a voice’: Planning Board tables Christ the King food pantry plans citing poor communication
02-22-2024 3:40 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

While endorsing what a new and larger Christ the King Parish Food Pantry would do for the community, the Concord Planning Board decided to delay the proposal and chastised parish leaders for not reaching out to the project’s neighbors, including...


Mixed-use development off Manchester Street approved
12-21-2023 3:04 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

After two years of delays, a massive development off Manchester Street in Concord can move ahead now that developers gained consent from the planning board – but the approval comes with a long list of conditions.With its proximity to the east shore of...


Church renovation moves forward, more residential housing 
09-21-2023 4:16 PM

By JAMIE L. COSTA

Local developers Jonathan Chorlian and Ben Kelley were given the green light night to move ahead with plans to renovate a historic church in downtown Concord into residential housing. “I am here with other residents of Rollins Court, which is another...


Planning Board approves two age-restricted housing developments 
08-18-2023 10:52 AM

By JAMIE L. COSTA

Two local developers are moving ahead with separate plans to construct 55-plus residential projects to cater to the city’s aging population.Once complete, more than 150 apartments and units will be available for residents over the age of 55 and those...


Concord casino plans reluctantly approved by Planning Board members with no more public input 
06-27-2023 6:52 PM

By JAMIE L. COSTA

Planning board members approved a new casino on Loudon Road this week after applicant Andy Sanborn forced a vote despite a lack of notice of a public hearing. “I just want everyone to be aware that this was not on the agenda for a public hearing and...


Councilors to hear final plans for Penacook riverfront park, construction to begin this summer
06-26-2023 8:54 AM

By JAMIE L. COSTA

Concord’s City Council will decide next month whether to approve a $3.4 million park project along Canal Street in Penacook. If okayed, construction could begin this summer.The design went before the Concord Planning Board on Wednesday night for...


Age-restricted, 55+ housing project proposed on Concord Heights
06-23-2023 6:29 PM

By JAMIE L. COSTA

A Massachusetts-based company wants to build nearly 150 units of 55-plus housing in the Heights section of Concord off Old Loudon Road. In a wooded area where a few homeless camps are located, developers want to construct three identical multi-family...


Exit 17 development to see addition of retail and medical space, public hearing next month
06-22-2023 3:01 PM

By JAMIE L. COSTA

The next phase of development at the Market Basket shopping plaza in Penacook known as Merchants Way is likely to include a 5,000-square-foot urgent care facility operated by Concord Hospital and 30,000 square feet of new retail space.A public hearing...


Proposed casino gets pushback from Concord Planning Board after public safety review didn’t deliver
05-18-2023 5:55 PM

By JAMIE L. COSTA

Planning board members were left disgruntled Wednesday night when the applicant of a proposed casino and his consultants failed to produce an adequate emergency services assessment per the request of the board, further delaying the application.The...


Housing approved for downtown Concord restaurant and entertainment venue
05-18-2023 5:35 PM

By JAMIE L. COSTA

With the approval of the Concord Planning Board, a multi-story building on South Main Street featuring a restaurant, two outdoor patios and event space will now add an additional 16 market-rate apartments to downtown. The proposed project was...


Concord planning board again delays casino decision 
04-21-2023 10:42 AM

By JAMIE L. COSTA

Developers expressed frustration Wednesday night when planning board members delayed moving forward on an application for a proposed 43,000-square-foot casino, bar and hotel on the city’s East Side. Last month, Concord Fire Chief John Chisholm and...


Planning board approves redevelopment of Stickney Avenue site
03-20-2023 1:00 PM

By JAMIE L. COSTA

A proposed housing development off Stickney Avenue in Concord to renovate five former Department of Transportation buildings into multifamily housing units that was once a point of contention between the state and city has received the green light to...


Public safety officials present crime and traffic findings of proposed casino impact
03-16-2023 6:19 PM

By JAMIE L. COSTA

Concord Fire Chief John Chisholm and Police Chief Bradley Osgood raised concerns that a proposed 43,000-square-foot casino, bar and hotel on the city’s East Side would bring crime to the city and draw increased traffic that could restrict public...


Residents worry that proposed casino in Concord will bring substance abuse and prostitution to the area
01-19-2023 3:39 PM

By JAMIE L. COSTA

Cathy Bernard of regularly hikes and walks her dogs a few lots down from where businessman and former state senator Andy Sanborn is proposing to build a charitable gaming casino off Loudon Road in Concord. The construction of the 43,000-square-foot...

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