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Phenix Hotel project asks Concord to relax height rules
03-07-2024 5:19 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

A major Main Street project, unsuccessful in getting a variance from the Concord Zoning Board, is asking the city to consider softening its rules on height requirements.Mark Ciborowski owns Phenix Hall and is in the process of restoring the historic...

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Who’ll foot bill for water projects?
05-18-2024 1:00 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

With the largest increases in proposed city spending next year tied to major water and sewer projects on the Heights, some city councilors appear open to leaning harder on developers to pay for growth-driven infrastructure improvements.The more than...


Concord solidifies plan to respond to homelessness
05-18-2024 12:00 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Twice a day the fire department can expect a call relating to homelessness in some way, whether it’s a fire at an encampment that needs to be extinguished; the river flooded with high rains and campers are stuck on the banks, or a medical emergency...


Driven by capital projects, city budget proposal would boost spending by $40 million
05-10-2024 6:27 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

With capital expenditures more than doubling, total spending in the city of Concord would increase by more than $40 million next year under the city manager’s proposed budget, while several major projects still wait in the wings. If approved as...


Monitor Way developer seeks $4.67 million from city for proposed new road
05-08-2024 3:57 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Developers looking to build nearly 1,000 housing units near Penacook are asking the city to put $4.7 million towards road building as part of the first construction phase of the project.The Monitor Way project — so dubbed because much of the land will...


‘Bridging the gap’: Phenix Hall pitch to soften downtown height rules moves forward
04-18-2024 2:22 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Sue McCoo knew that adding flexibility to downtown zoning to allow for the repurposing of Phenix Hall would mean her store, Hilltop Consignment, would probably lose its longtime home on Main Street. The zoning change would open the door for the...


‘Money is a driver’: Amid inflation and tight labor market, city fighting to stem employee outflow
04-17-2024 5:13 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

In another move to stem the flow of city employee turnover, Concord city councilors approved a package of increased leave and other perks last week. Previous efforts — including bonuses and a temporary increase in overtime pay for police, weekly cash...


Concord city-schools committee revived, will meet for first time in 2 years
04-16-2024 4:19 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

After the close of their budget planning seasons and with a mounting list of major construction projects between them, a joint committee between city and school district leaders — including both Concord and Merrimack Valley — will reconvene this...


‘The ball is rolling’: Housing and homelessness hot topics at ‘State of the City’
04-11-2024 5:47 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

After stumbling briefly with the accompanying PowerPoint in the first minutes of his remarks, Mayor Byron Champlin poked a little fun at his mistake.“And now I’m going to turn things over to former Mayor Bouley,” he quipped.Eliciting laughter from the...


Despite ‘sticker shock,’ Concord City Council moves forward on new police station plan
04-09-2024 5:07 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Concord City Councilors unanimously voted to follow through on the $4.1 million property purchase for relocating police headquarters Monday, even if the $41.5 million proposal to create the station gave them “sticker shock.”“I was glad that I’m...


Concord estimates $41.5 million cost for renovation and expansion plan for new police HQ
04-05-2024 2:56 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Four months after agreeing to buy the former Concord Group Insurance building along North State Street for $4.1 million, city councilors will consider spending another $41.5 million or more to transform it into a new police headquarters.City staff...


Locals oppose city proposal for splash pad at Garrison Park
03-20-2024 4:23 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Concord is unique in its commitment to the neighborhood pool with seven for its less than 50,000 residents.  “Seven pools are a lot for a community of this size,” Parks and Recreation Director David Gill said. “Each pool has a different character,...


Concord firefighters among first in the nation to get PFAS-free equipment
03-18-2024 5:27 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

When former Concord firefighter Chris Andrews introduced himself to city councilors, he described himself as “a cancer survivor — at least for now.”At the outset of his career, new types of protective gear, including the addition of breathing...


Searchable Concord salary database: Top earners include more police, fewer women
03-14-2024 4:53 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

NOTE TO READERS: Scroll below to access the searchable Concord salary database. If you’re using a smartphone, hold your phone in landscape mode to get the best results. As the number of city employees earning six figures continued to climb in 2023,...


Activists unsuccessfully lobby Concord City Council for Gaza ceasefire resolution
03-12-2024 7:27 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Led by former mayoral candidate Kate West, a motivated group of activists attended the Concord City Council meeting Monday night seeking a resolution calling for a ceasefire in the Middle East. Since this issue wasn’t scheduled for discussion – a...


City could add second splash pad at Garrison Park
02-13-2024 12:30 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

White Park’s kiddie pool was transformed into a colorful and kid-focused splash pad in 2022 as part of a plan to upgrade each of the city’s seven public pools. With its debut last summer, the park shattered its previous summer attendance record, and...


New city council to delay Beaver Meadow discussions
01-05-2024 2:47 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

At their first full meeting Monday, Concord city councilors are expected to hold off discussing the future of clubhouse renovations at the Beaver Meadow golf course. Plans for building a new clubhouse have been sent back to the Ad-Hoc Beaver Meadow...


New and returning Concord city councilors to meet this week
01-02-2024 4:55 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

With six new faces, the orientation meeting for the Concord City Council to be held Wednesday at the community center on the Heights takes on added significance this year.New and existing councilors will be presented with waves of information,...


Outgoing Concord Mayor Jim Bouley looks back on 26 years of service
01-01-2024 10:00 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Jim Bouley loves local government.For most, the inner working of local government is a thankless bureaucracy marked by leaf collection services and property tax hikes.But to Bouley, there’s no better job to see the results of your work, whether it’s...


Partnership between state prison and NAMI NH aims to help incarcerated individuals
12-22-2023 2:29 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Prison officers will receive training from the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New Hampshire to better support incarcerated individuals facing mental health challenges.Funded by a state grant, the initiative aims to create a correctional...


City council approves purchase of empty office building for new police headquarters
12-12-2023 1:22 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Concord Police headquarters will move to the vacant Concord Group Insurance offices as early as next year, pending a favorable inspection, after the city council voted to approve a $4.1 million purchase and sale agreement. The move will allow the...

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