The Town of Plymouth has had a 99 year lease with the Plymouth Redevelopment Authority for the 1820 Courthouse and the Commissioners building—the intention was for the PRA to develop the long vacant property. After several years of trying, this did not happen. So the PRA returned the keys to the Board of Selectmen this week.
Town Manager Melissa Arrighi explains the meaning of this gesture:
“When they turned the keys over what they really meant is that we were, together as partners, we were voting to execute a termination of that lease agreement and put the full care and custody of the property—the entire site—back under the Board of Selectmen and the town of Plymouth in general.”
With Town Meeting’s vote to turn the site into a government center, Arrighi says her work has just begun and the first step is to get an Owner’s Project Manager on board:
“That process is on -going now and I hope to have one in place by the end of June at the latest.”
Arrighi expects that folks will be able to see some progress at the site by late fall, or early winter.