The plan for “A New Union Streetscape” (approved by City Council in October 2019) includes 22 foot wide sidewalks, reduced 11-foot travel lanes, 11 parking spaces remaining on Union Street including two new ADA accessible spaces, sharrow markings, new concrete sidewalks with brick paver accents, added street trees and landscaping, new smart light poles, space for public art and outdoor dining/cafes, designated loading/unloading zones, and pedestrian drop-off zones.
The Downtown Master Plan, adopted by City Council in August 2016, identified the completion of a new Union Streetscape as a catalytic project for downtown Concord. According to the plan, a new Union Streetscape will send a positive signal to the private market. It will incentivize the creation of outdoor cafes, adding life to the street and changing its perception, especially at night. The increased foot traffic and street life will attract new restaurants/nightlife and retailers, and make reuse of now-vacant upper stories more attractive to office and residential uses. The new streetscape will also increase property values and redevelopment opportunities downtown.
On Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 1st of 2019, an interactive demonstration temporarily transformed a section of Union Street S near Gianni’s Trattoria and Cabarrus Creamery (16 and 21 Union Street S) to demonstrate new streetscape design ideas. The design options illustrated the look and feel of enhancements to sidewalk widths, outdoor dining and seating, street trees, and street parking travel lane widths. Citizens were invited to test drive streetscape improvements on Union Street and provide feedback.
From May 31st and June 10th of 2019, the City conducted a public input survey to gain feedback and project design input. Many of the responses received from the Survey aligned with those stated in the 2016 Downtown Master Plan.
Reoccurring themes based on public feedback were:
Fall 2021 – Anticipate Construction Beginning
Summer 2021 – Anticipate Project Construction Bidding Process to Start
March 2019 – McGill Associates awarded Engineering Contract
October 8, 2019 – Options for Approval – City Council Work Session
July 9, 2019 – Demonstration & Survey Results – City Council Work Session
May 31-June 10, 2019 – A New Union Streetscape Survey
May 31-June 1, 2019 – A New Union Streetscape Demonstration
August 11, 2016 – City Council Presentation & Adoption of 2016 Downtown Master Plan
March 21-24, 2016 – Downtown Master Plan Public Design Workshops
February 22-24, 2016 – Downtown Master Plan Listening Sessions
For more information and answers to FAQs about the New Union Streetscape, please visit see the video on YouTube (Recorded August 2019).