Union Streetscape



** Please note that these are early conceptual renderings and are subject to change as we move forward with Construction Documents.

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Project History

Downtown Master Plan (August 2016)

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/night life and retailers; and make reuse of now vacant upper stories more attractive to office and residential uses. The new streetscape will increase property values and redevelopment opportunities in downtown.

Demonstration Project (May 31 - June 1, 2019)

On Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 1st, 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.

Public Input Survey Results (June 2019)

Results of the feedback provide through Public Input between May 31st and June 10th, 2019 are summarized in the infographic below. 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:

  • More outdoor dining & entertainment options
  • Trees/landscaping
  • Inc. connectivity (bike & pedestrian)
  • Public gathering/event space
  • Parking perceptions (enough vs. not enough)
  • More residential living & small-scale grocery
  • Public art + amenities (water features)
  • Better Accessibility

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Conceptual Map - Option 1:  22-foot Sidewalks (Approved October 2019

The approved plan for A New Union Streetscape includes 22 FT wide sidewalks, 11 FT travel lanes, 15 parking spaces remaining on Union Street including two new ADA accessible spaces, sharrow markings, poured concrete sidewalks with brick paver accents, added street trees and landscaping, new smart light poles, space for public art and outdoor dining, designated loading/unloading zones, and vehicle drop-off zones.

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What’s Next?

Construction Documents are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020 with Construction of the Union Streetscape starting early 2021.


Meetings and Engagement

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 Answers to Rumors and FAQs about A New Union Streetscape visit YouTube

(Recorded August 2019)


Contact Information

Kaylee Caton
Design Manager
Planning & Neighborhood Development Department
City of Concord



Last Updated 2/14/2020