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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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Meetings and Updates

1/19/2024 Project Update

Design Review Workshops

Three public workshops are scheduled to review preliminary design details.  For each of these workshops, the same focus area will be the topic of an MSFI Committee review the following week (see MSFI Meetings schedule below).  
Location: Keene Recreation Center, 312 Washington Street, Room 14

  March 6, 2024, 3:00-4:30 PM and 5:30-7:00 PM, Focus Area: Main Street Streetscape
  April 3, 2024, 3:00-4:30 PM and 5:30-7:00 PM, Focus Area: Gilbo Avenue/Railroad Square
  May 1, 2024, 3:00-4:30 PM and 5:30-7:00 PM, Focus Area: Central Square

MSFI Meetings

The City Council Municipal Services, Facilities, and Infrastructure (MSFI) Committee will hold three special meetings to review specific focus areas.  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
  April 10, 2024, 5:30 PM, Focus Area: Gilbo Avenue/Railroad Square
  May 8, 2024, 5:30 PM, Focus Area: Central Square