Plymouth looking to repurpose land as power plant prepares to go offline

Plymouth looking to repurpose land as power plant prepares to go offline

The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth is going offline in the spring, leaving about 1,500 acres of waterfront property up for development.

Lifelong Plymouth residents like Bob Crone have been living in the area since the station went online in the early 1970's, and he and many others are wondering what the land will turn into when the plant goes offline.

"As long as it's clean and it's not going to pose any problem in the future," Crone said. "It's getting old."

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As the wonder continues, Plymouth's town managers were invited to the Urban Land Institute Conference in Boston for a roundtable discussion on what to do with the site.

The Urban Land Institute is a global network of 40,000 urban planners, who work to help sustain and develop communities.

"I think some of the challenges are very similar," Singapore chief planner Hwang Yu-Ning said. "Like, how do you put in developments that make sense to the community and to the site, as well."

Plymouth's history dates back to 1620, and world leaders were recommending to the town that they focus on that history as they make decisions about the future.

"One of the things that I got is, that I have not heard anywhere else from the experts that were here today, is that this is a story behind this," Plymouth town manager Melissa Arrighi said. "The power plant has been a part, big part of the community for 40 years."

Plymouth leaders said the biggest takeaway from the conference is that the site's future should focus on what it was.

"You have the opportunity with this parcel of land, the decommission of the power plant, to tell another story," Arrighi said. "That's very important, so why not incorporate that somehow?"

Crone agreed with the idea, as long as it also helps the current community.

"Any kind of development that is going to help the taxpayer in the future," Crone said.