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Downtown Project

Downtown Infrastructure Project Information

Current Phase: Preliminary Design

In July of 2023, the City Council adopted the "Multilane Hybrid" conceptual design for the Downtown Infrastructure Improvement Project. The current Preliminary Design Phase will use the Multilane Hybrid concept to develop the detailed plans and specifications required for construction. This will include multiple opportunities for community involvement.

Detailed information from the completed conceptual design phase is posted online on the consultant's website including utility infrastructure analysis, design concepts, full presentations, traffic and pedestrian analyses, tree study findings, and more.

The Keene Downtown area is the economic engine for the community and represents the spirit and place of Keene. It is critically important to continue investment in the Downtown to support local businesses and the broader community and keep the area relevant and vibrant.  Much of Keene's downtown underground infrastructure has aged beyond its useful life including water, sanitary sewer, stormwater, electrical, telecommunication and gas - some of which date back to over 120 years. The last major downtown revitalization occurred in 1988. The need for utility improvements is critical and is now a top priority. 

Please check back for updates as the Preliminary Design Phase continues. 

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March 13, 2024 Presentation Slides: Main Street Streetscape
April 24, 2024 Presentation Slides: Gilbo Avenue and Railroad Square
May 8, 2024 Presentation Slides: Central Square

Meetings and Updates

1/19/2024 Project Update

Public Workshops - Complete (March, April, and May, 2024)

MSFI Meetings

The City Council Municipal Services, Facilities, and Infrastructure (MSFI) Committee held three special meetings to review specific focus areas.  A follow-up to the discussion on May 8th will occur during the committee's regularly scheduled meeting on May 22nd.  These meetings are open to the public and will take place in Keene City Hall - Council Chambers (2nd floor).  The meetings will also be live streamed (on the City website and the City's YouTube channel.)

  March 13, 2024, 5:30 PM, Focus Area: Main Street Streetscape
Presentation Slides
  April 24, 2024, 5:30 PM, Focus Area: Gilbo Avenue/Railroad Square
Presentation Slides
  May 8, 2024, 5:30 PM, Focus Area: Central Square
Presentation Slides
  May 22, 2024, 6:00 PM

Next Steps

A Council Workshop is scheduled for June 11th at 6:00 PM in Council Chambers.  The full council will review the draft preliminary design plan, as it has been developed and refined through a series of public workshops and MSFI Project Update meetings.  Although no formal council actions are expected at this workshop, Councilors will have an opportunity to review the complete project scope and to provide input and course corrections to the design team.

After the council workshop, the draft preliminary design plans will be referred to MSFI for a final review and any required adjustments.  This is tentatively planned for June 26th.