The Plymouth Planning Board is in support of exploring the idea of converting the 1820 Court House for use as a municipal center, but the Chairman questioned the timing in relation to the town’s other capital projects.
The Planning Board voted to support the $75,000 feasibility study that will examine the costs associated with converting the 1820 Courthouse for use as a town hall, but Chairman Marc Garrett raised some concerns: “We just finished a beautiful North High School. I anticipate we’re going to be undertaking a South High School of some type. We have a parking garage proposed to be going in at Memorial Hall. And, now we’re talking about a new town hall. Where’s the revenue stream for these projects? Because the only revenue stream I see is taxpayer money in one form or another or fees.”
He was asked what would be the cost of relocating town hall to the old courthouse building complex? “I would say that any kind of conversion of the courthouse is going to be a costly conversion. I don’t know what the number is, but I think we’re talking tens of millions of dollars.”
The article calling for funding for the feasibility study will go to spring town meeting.