Concord, NH Developments


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May 26, 2006
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New Concord building to bring Friendly Toast, rooftop bar

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Dec. 27—A five-story, mixed-use building will bring a new vibe to downtown Concord with a rooftop bar and a patio on the ground level for pop-up restaurants.

A Friendly Toast restaurant and patio along the sidewalk on South Main Street also are part of the plan.

Developer Steve Duprey said city planners pushed him to "think a little bigger" after he first proposed a two-story building at 20 S. Main St., which is located between the Concord Food Co-op and Bank of New Hampshire Stage. A Victorian home built in 1854 on the property will be demolished or moved. 27—A five-,are part of the plan.
I just walked, via Google Maps, the three-quarters of a mile on Main Street from where 3A junctions with it, north to the Route 9 intersection, to remind myself of what a fantastic downtown Concord possesses. Great architecture--including lots of nicely-rehabbed 19th-c. mill buildings--good sidewalks, excellent density, diversity of storefronts, the lovely culmination with the State House. An urbanist's/pedestrian's dream (in the best sense of "urbanist" and "pedestrian" being interchangeable). Also a great launch-point for Merrimack River paddles of course, and gateway to the Whites and the Monadnocks. What's not to love? (well, yes, the winters are perhaps still somewhat brutal... for now)
There was no thread to put this but its close to concord.

Easterseals NH Unveils Detailed Plans for NH Military and Veterans Campus in Franklin, NH

“MANCHESTER, NH– What started as a conversation with New Hampshire Governor Sununu regarding deepening Easterseals NH’s long-term commitment to military service members, veterans, and their families has evolved into an unprecedented partnership with the State of New Hampshire to provide a central hub for housing and a variety of services designed to give back to those who have given so much.

The blueprints for the 15-acre campus in Franklin, NH, are complete and construction gets underway in September for what will be a roughly 15-month schedule.

“Our military service members stood tall for us, defending the freedoms and liberties we hold dear,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “Like never before, New Hampshire is creating the gold standard for the health and wellness of America’s heroes. In the Granite State, neighbors take care of neighbors. It comes with great pride that we are able to create this historic, one-of-a-kind, all-encompassing campus.”

“New Hampshire has one of the largest per capita populations of veterans in the country, so we know the demand is high,” says Maureen Beauregard, President and CEO of Easterseals NH. “This new campus will create a singular pathway to connect military service members, veterans, and their families with the services, programs, and assistance they need. It is a project of passion for all of us at Easterseals NH and we are deeply honored to be a part of such an important mission.”

The campus will include affordable rental housing apartments, a hub of services, a retreat center, and therapeutic recreation opportunities for military service members, veterans, and their families.”
  • Affordable housing: 30 units of permanent affordable rental housing for veterans;
  • Hub of services: Co-location of multiple military service organizations to ensure continuum of care for each visitor to the campus;
  • Retreat center with meeting and event space: 20 short-term rental bedrooms, some with kitchenettes; and opportunities to hold events/trainings
  • Therapeutic recreation components: Access to the rail trail and Merrimack River; a to-be-built multipurpose building for equine and dog therapy, a rock climbing wall, ropes course, and more; a military-themed playground; and an outdoor performance stage.
Stopped by Downtown Concord Sunday morning. It's a small city - and these are from like 9 am, so it wasn't exactly hopping - but it's a nice spot. They did a Complete Street conversion about 10 years back that was very well done and the Downtown seems pretty healthy.