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May 31/June 1: inform design ideas for Downtown Concord's Union Street
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Project update: On May 31 and June 1, an interactive demonstration temporarily transformed a section of Union Street S to demonstrate new streetscape design ideas for Downtown Concord. The design options illustrated the look and feel of possible enhancements to sidewalk widths, outdoor dining and seating, street trees, and street parking/travel lane widths. Over 500 people experienced the demonstration and provided feedback. In July, the City Council requested additional information from staff on potential construction costs for each design option. A decision on the design direction should come this fall, with design complete in late 2020 and construction currently estimated to start in 2021.


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CONCORD – How can we transform Union Street to improve the experience of all who live, work, and visit Downtown Concord? What infrastructure improvements and other investments should support the City’s broader economic development efforts in Downtown? The City of Concord and Concord Downtown Development Corporation are partnering to engage the public about these and other questions.

On Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1, an interactive demonstration will
temporarily transform 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 will illustrate the look and feel of possible enhancements to sidewalk widths, outdoor dining and seating, street trees, and street parking/travel lane widths. You're invited to test drive streetscape improvements on Union Street and provide feedback.

During the demonstration, Planning Department staff will share details of the design options and collect feedback from participants. Attendees will have the chance to view draft plans for long-term changes to Union Street and provide their input through conversations and a brief survey.

Why use temporary materials to test design alternatives?
Demonstration projects allow for a "test before you invest" approach. This means that rather than only drawing design concepts on paper, the City can test out ideas for streetscape enhancements. This approach provides those who live, work, and visit in Downtown Concord with an opportunity to experience proposed enhancements and evaluate new street design treatments before the City invests in permanent infrastructure. 

*** Union StreetScape Demonstration Event Details ***

Located on Union St. S. between Gianni’s Trattoria and Cabarrus Creamery

16 and 21 Union Street S

Friday, May 31: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Saturday, June 1: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Additional Information
Come and spend as much time as you can and share your ideas. Your input is essential and will inform and guide the improved streetscape on Union Street. For more information about the project, visit concordnc.gov or contact Kaylee Caton at 704-920-5151 or catonk@concordnc.gov.