Demolition to begin for Nashua Performing Arts Center

The Nashua Performing Arts Center project, which will reside at 201 Main Street, is tentatively slated to begin demolition of the existing building on Monday, April 5.

In advance of that event, construction fences and work zone barriers will be erected surrounding the building, which sits at the corner of Main and West Pearl. As of this writing, these fences and barriers are currently scheduled to be put in place on Monday, March 29. This will delineate the construction area for the safety of downtown pedestrians. The sidewalk surrounding the building on its two sides will be off-limits to those not involved in construction. 

The pedestrian alleyway cut-through from West Pearl to the Elm Street garage, along the wall of Fortin Gage Flower and Gift Shop, will be closed to foot traffic. The left lane and part of the right lane of West Pearl Street, along the 201 Main Street building, will be designated as part of the barred zone, limiting vehicular traffic to one half of the right lane, plus the right side parking spots, for the first portion of the block. Public Works will erect signage warning drivers who need to use West Pearl Street.

Careful planning has been done to minimize the impact on surrounding businesses. A visual and safety barrier will be set up on the Main Street sidewalk between the construction site – the former Alec’s Shoe Store building – and its wall-sharing neighbor, Surf Restaurant. Surf will be able to continue to hold outside dining if they so choose, as will other nearby restaurants.

Shown is the developer’s schematic for the construction zone,
with barriers, walls, fences and cordoned-off areas,
during the demolition and construction of
the Nashua Performing Arts Center in Downtown Nashua.

Shown is the developer’s aerial view explanation of pedestrian and vehicular restrictions during demolition and construction.

Access to West Pearl Street businesses should continue to be largely unaffected, with construction obstruction occurring closer to Main Street. Partial one-lane traffic will possibly cause some delays on that street. 

Harvey Construction vehicles will be parked atop the Elm Street Garage, to minimize impact on parking availability there for downtown visitors and workers.

Project dates and milestones will all be contingent on many factors, and subject to change. You can follow the project on Facebook.

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