Plymouth: Dean Rizzo stepping down from the 1820 Consortium

The Monday night meeting of the Plymouth Redevelopment Authority, or PRA, was an eventful one. Dean Rizzo announced his resignation from the 1820 Consortium, a group that is advisory to the PRA.

Selectman Belinda Brewster asked the PRA to withdraw its decision to expand the Consortium. Dean Rizzo is Secretary of the Redevelopment Authority and chairs the Consortium: “I’ve had two roles, project manager and chair of the Consortium and I think it’s time that I step away from the Consortium as the project enters a new phase with the Planning Department, Board of Selectmen and other entities.”

At their last meeting,  the PRA voted to expand the Consortium in order to allow three members—not reappointed by Selectmen—to continue as members. Selectman Belinda Brewster addressed that vote:

“I felt that the Consortium was fast losing credibility and integrity with the community at large and becoming a hindrance to development of the 1820 Courthouse, so I respectfully requested that they rescind their prior expansion vote and return the Consortium to its original town-meeting CPC intent of a nine member group.”

PRA President Bob Wollner said he would take Selectman Brewster’s request under advisement but Dean Rizzo, who initiated the expansion, has made up his mind: “I stand behind my vote.” Rizzo’s resignation from the Consortium is effective at the close of their next meeting on August 7th.

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Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.