construction

Samantha Fogel

The Islamic Society of Concord is in the early stages of renovating a building on North Main Street to build the first permanent mosque in Concord.

The society currently rents space in the East Concord Community Center.

Hubert Mask is president of the society.  He explains that space is expensive, there are no offices - and it offers no privacy for prayer.

The group has plans to purchase and renovate a small building in downtown Concord, adjacent to the First Congregational Church.

Mask says he knows they'll face some challenges.

Sheryl Rich-Kern

By all accounts, commercial and residential construction is on the rebound in New Hampshire. But many general contractors say an aging workforce limits how much the market can grow.

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Senior Assistant Attorney General James Boffetti  says New Hampshire should join the 35 or so states that require a license for contractors. 

Speaking on The Exchange, Boffetti said the state’s Consumer Protection Bureau spends an enormous amount of time chasing contractors  who take off with deposits -- without doing any work.   Most often, these involve smaller home improvement jobs -- the construction of a new deck, roofing, or painting. The elderly are particularly vulnerable. 

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  The U.S. Department of Labor is looking to gather wage data for New Hampshire’s building and construction industries. 

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On a newly built bridge near interstate 93, Governor Maggie Hassan signed into law the first increase in the state’s gas tax in more than two decades.