Concord Main Street Improvements
CRJA-IBI Group collaborated with the project engineers, the City of Concord, and Main Street Concord, Inc., on studies for redesigning the City’s historic Main Street.
One of the goals of the revitalization project was to have it serve as a catalyst for the regeneration of Concord’s retail core. By creating an attractive, comfortable, safe, vibrant and sustainable setting, as well as a destination for residents and visitors alike, the improvements will help to preserve and enhance the economic vitality of downtown Concord. This was achieved by reducing the vehicular travel lanes from four to two, considerably widening the sidewalks, and creating gathering spaces that can facilitate public art, small pocket parks and events. The Project Team identified opportunities for new and existing businesses and devised ways to promote Main Street as a friendly and safe place to be and an attractive place to shop, dine, and live. Universal access is provided to all buildings along the street. The project’s goals were articulated through an intensive and interactive community involvement process.
Main Street is viewed as a “Complete Street,” not simply as a transportation corridor. It accommodate pedestrians, drivers, transit users and bicyclists in equal measure. Main Street has become an integral and primary part of the City’s open space system, a common ground for the community, as well as visitors to New Hampshire’s Capitol City.
ClientCity of Concord, NH
Awards2017 ITE Complete Streets Council Best Project Award
New Hampshire Preservation Alliance 2017 Preservation Achievement Award
New Hampshire Planners Association 2017 Project of the Year
American Public Works Association’s 2017 Public Works Project of the Year for Small Cities/Rural Communities, Transportation Category
ACEC-NH 2017 Gold Engineering Excellence Award
Business LineStreetscapes & Plazas
TeamHarry Fuller, Principal
Johnathan Law, Senior Associate
McFarland Johnson, Inc.
Photo CreditRobert Benson Photography
Press/NewsConcord Main Street Officially Opens
Construction Complete on East Side of Main Street in Concord
LinksConcord Main Street Project
Investment in Concord's Pedestrian-Friendly Downtown Brings Visitors, Housing