The Plymouth Redevelopment Authority (PRA) was established by Plymouth
Town Meeting in 1958 to begin an urban renewal project in the town
center area in and around Summer and High Streets. A Special Town
Meeting approved and adopted the urban renewal plan known as Plymouth
Progress in August 1962. Encompassing 30.6 acres, the area was
cleared of blight and rehabilitated according to the Plan using federal,
state and local funds. Today the Summer High Street area contains
parkland, historic/tourist venues, multi-family and single-family
residences, and a hotel.
Since its inception, the PRA has been committed to the betterment
Town and Community and has sought out loan and grant programs that
enable families and individuals in the Town to acquire and/or rehabilitate
housing. Today the Authority administers and works in partnership
with several state and federal agencies to provide these programs.
To complement the programs, in 1999, the PRA became a HUD approved
Comprehensive Housing Counseling agency offering individual counseling
for a number of housing needs and problems. Since 1995, the PRA
has offered first time homebuyer seminars and in 2000, joined the
Massachusetts Homeownership Collaborative. These counseling programs
are supported by grants from HUD and the USDA as well as by the
generous support of local businesses and financial institutions.
Working in tandem with the Town of Plymouth Planning and Development
Department, the PRA continues its redevelopment activities aimed
principally at Brownfields remediation and affordable housing.
The PRA is governed by a Board of 5 Commissioners, 4 of which are
elected and one which is appointed by the Governor. The Board meets
at least once per month in the Plymouth Town Hall. Residents and
interested parties are welcome to attend.