The Fitchburg Redevelopment Authority is a quasi-public agency created by the Mayor and City Council on January 21, 1964 under General Law Chapter 121 Section 26 and was charged with assisting the City of Fitchburg with efforts of supporting and attracting companies to Fitchburg.
The 1998, closure of the General Electric Plant in downtown and the closure of Burbank Hospital the previous year, was the impetus of Fitchburg’s Urban Renewal Plan. GE’s closure, with its 600 employees and 30 million dollar annual payroll, was a devastating blow to downtown Fitchburg’s economy.
In 1999, the FRA began implementing Fitchburg’s Downtown Urban Renewal Plan, tying into the construction of public facilities such as the new Fire Headquarters, Fitchburg State University’s new gymnasium, and the MBTA Commuter Rail Station/Garage. In addition, the FRA has supported private economic development within the Urban Renewal District, including the CVS Pharmacy.