Somerville Redevelopment Authority
The Somerville Redevelopment Authority (SRA) is the City of Somerville’s duly constituted redevelopment authority under Massachusetts General Laws c. 121B.
In accordance with its enabling statute, there are five members, four of whom are appointed by the Mayor and one of whom is appointed by the Governor. The members serve staggered terms of three years each. Each member must be a Somerville resident.
The City’s urban renewal plans have traditionally been implemented through the SRA. G.L. c. 121B gives redevelopment authorities the power to declare that an area is a substandard, decadent, and/or blighted open area, to prepare an urban renewal plan for its redevelopment and to do eminent domain takings to further the purposes of the plan. In recent years, the SRA has been instrumental in the Assembly Square Revitalization District, extending the urban renewal plan from 2002 to 2022 and changing the redevelopment concept from a light industrial district to a vibrant, mixed-use urban neighborhood with a potential 1.75 million square feet of office space, 2100 residential units, and approximately 500,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. In August of 2012, the SRA, through the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development, introduced a Union Square Revitalization Plan.
The SRA meets approximately once a month. It does not have a standing meeting time, but a Notice of Meeting and Agenda is posted at least 48 hours in advance of a meeting in accordance with the Open Meeting Law.