In Plymouth tonight, Selectmen will continue discussing the Town Manager’s budget for 2015. One item that is likely to be debated again is a $200,000 expenditure for title search on a 1,000 acre site in south Plymouth. The 1000 acres has long been considered to have great potential for commercial development. The property is near Route 25, but has no direct access to it. A few years back it was seriously considered as a location for Plymouth Rock Studios. On their behalf, Attorney Bob Betters began working to clear titles on the hundreds of parcels involved. Ultimately, that effort was abandoned because of the cost of the research, Betters explains: “Research in terms of full titles and genealogical searches to discover –at least reasonably - try to discover who the owners of these various parcels were, would have been in the range of $450,000.”
And that’s only the beginning: “There’s going to be a significant additional cost once that research is done to figure out how you correct the defects, and how ultimately the town could acquire title to the balance of the 1000 acres that it doesn’t own.” 2007 estimates by MassDevelopment put the cost of a Route 25 interchange, plus the cost of internal roads, water, sewer and electrical service in the range of $30 to $45 million.