CRA chairwoman responds to locked-door complaint

Dear Steve Kaiser,

I am sorry that you had a problem getting into the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority board meeting on Dec. 17. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. Please accept my apology. I want to assure you that the board is committed to public access to authority meetings, as well as access to a broad range of authority materials.

As you are aware, this is the second meeting the authority has held in the community room of the police station. We chose the location because it was in an accessible public building that was available to us free of charge. It seemed more suitable for a public meeting than the previous location, the Marriott Hotel. I was unaware that the door to the room was locked during our meeting last week. At several points during the meeting, latecomers entered. It was my understanding that the reception booth in the entrance lobby of the Police Station is staffed 24 hours a day. I apologize if there was no one available to help you. I will bring this to the attention of the police commissioner and I will be sure that the door is propped open at the next meeting.

Regards,

Kathleen Born, chairwoman, Cambridge Redevelopment Authority

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