The City of Concord, in partnership with community organizations, is pursuing innovative solutions to help revitalize a major gateway between Western Concord and historic Downtown Concord. The City is asking for residents’ input to help guide decisions for the redevelopment of properties recently purchased by the city on McGill Avenue. In particular, the city is interested in exploring concepts that will address a critical community need for greater access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
The City of Concord purchased 228, 234, 236, and 240 McGill Avenue. These properties are located within the Gibson Village community, which is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated food desert. To address the community’s need for greater food access, the city is exploring options to offer local fruits and vegetables through a food hub, market, or other method. The goal is to reduce barriers to fresh foods while providing residents with a pathway to healthy lifestyles.
Working with community partners, the city is also exploring the potential for a business training area that would support the development of local talent within the food and beverage industry. The idea is to support residents interested in opening their own market or restaurant and to help existing food and beverage small businesses grow.
Residents are invited to help the city “Reimagine McGill” by completing a brief online survey. Input from the community will help guide decisions and create positive change and redevelopment on McGill Avenue.
The survey is available in both English and Spanish and is open through Friday, November 24.
For more information, residents may also call the City of Concord Planning and Neighborhood Development Department at 704-920-5152