Plymouth: Selectmen to discuss future of the 1820 courthouse

In Plymouth tonight, the Board of Selectmen will host a joint meeting of several committees including the Planning Board, the Building, School, Finance, and Community Preservation Committees, and the Redevelopment Authority.

The topic is the re-use of the long vacant 1820 Courthouse in downtown Plymouth.

Selectman Chairman Matt Muratore says there are many questions to be answered about the proposed use of the property as a government center: “We’re going to have a joint meeting with seven committees in town to talk about the 1820 Courthouse and the feasibility of putting a town hall there, moving town hall there.

The question we have to answer is can we afford it and if we can, how do we pay for it?” And paying for the project – $35 million – ,and how to present that to town meeting, will be a focus of the discussion” “That will be the main part of the discussion. When we met in the spring, we only talked about the concept – will the concept work —and the answer is yes. Now the question is going to be how do we pay for it, how do we fund it, and how do we go to town meeting to say we’re going to fund it.” The next question is whether the plan, at this point, is to go to spring town meeting? “We will go to spring town meeting which is what we promised we would do when we took the money for the feasibility study.”

Selectmen meet tonight at town hall at 7:00.

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About Bobbi Clark

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.