Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:
Chapter 258 of the acts of 1980, as most recently amended by chapter 5 of the acts of 2000, is hereby further amended by striking out the first sentence and inserting in place thereof the following 8 sentences:- The number of licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages authorized to be issued under section 12 of chapter 138 of the General Laws shall be calculated pursuant to section 17 of said chapter 138; provided, however, that the licensing commission of the city of Somerville shall assign 10 of those licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises to the area presently known and bounded as the Assembly Square Mixed Use District, established under the Somerville zoning ordinance, for the purpose of promoting revitalization and economic vitality. Those 10 licenses shall be allocated from among the licenses authorized to be granted under said section 17 of said chapter 138 and shall not increase the number of such licenses now or hereafter available in the city. The licenses assigned to the Assembly Square Mixed Use District shall not be sold or transferred by the licensee. If a licensee terminates or fails to renew its license, the license shall revert to the licensing commission and shall only be reissued to qualified applicants doing business within the Assembly Square Mixed Use District. No other license granted pursuant to this act shall be sold or transferred by the licensee. If any such licensee terminates or fails to renew its license, that license shall revert to the licensing commission which may then reissue it according to the regulations of the licensing commission. The administrative fee charged by the city for such licenses shall be the same amount as the administrative fee charged by the city for existing licenses issued for the respective category for such licenses. Licenses granted under this act shall be subject to all applicable ordinances of the city.
Approved December 30, 2008