“Plymouth history is your history. It is yours to use or lose.” That slogan—prominently displayed at the Plymouth Redevelopment Authority meeting this week—shows a new emphasis on public responsibility for the 1820 Courthouse project. But, what was not new at all were the proposed requests for money.
Dean Rizzo who chairs the Courthouse Consortium and is a member of the PRA, told the audience of approximately 45 people about the group’s latest suggestion for use of CPA money:
“We’re proposing to come to spring town meeting for approximately a 1.6 allocation from CPA money to renovate the 1820-1857 portions of the historic 1820 courthouse buildings to make them available for both private and public sector reuse.”
Many town meeting members were present. They were polite but often unconvinced. Kevin Doyle represents Manomet’s precinct 6:
“I don’t see funds being raised. I don’t see grants being written, they’re not a 501-3C yet. I think there’s that element that really needs to be put in place before voting to hand them more money.”
Precinct 5’s Pat McCarthy:
“What is the actual exact plan for the use over the next few years? Is it going to be occupied? How will they find tenants? There probably will be questions from members and boards as it go through the process as to exactly what we will get for this investment.”