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Concord Main Street Project Approved

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Construction on a $10 million revamp of Concord’s downtown will begin this fall, after the City Council voted 14-1 to approve the project at a meeting this week.

The rebuild and redesign of Concord’s downtown will affect nine blocks of Main Street, from Centre Street to Concord Street.

At-Large City Councilor Fred Keach says the goal is to keep disruption during construction to a minimum for downtown businesses.

“There’s obviously some fear by the downtown merchants as to what degree all the construction disruption is going to impact their businesses, but I think the city and the contractor have developed a plan that really minimizes that impact.”

The project includes widening sidewalks and making the entrances to 18 businesses handicapped accessible.

The city will use nearly $5 million in federal funding and $500,000 in federal tax credits to help cover construction costs.

The project is scheduled for completion in 2016.

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