July 3, 2008
Boston Globe Staff
Plymouth Rock Studios has picked a golf course in Plymouth as the site of its $300 million “Hollywood East” project.
The studio has selected the 240-acre Waverly Oaks Golf Club property on Long Pond Road, about a mile north of Exit 3 on Route 3, said Kevin O’Reilly, a local project consultant for the studio.
The company plans to build a film and TV production studio featuring 14 sound stages, back lots, a multi-purpose theater, along with a hotel, office buildings, and an educational campus.
The company said it had been evaluating over a dozen sites in the Plymouth area. The company had originally picked a site on Bourne Road in south Plymouth, but ran into title problems. The company has already signed an agreement with the owners of the 27-hole course, which would be closed, O’Reilly said.
“I’ve talked to the Board of Selectmen and the some of the members of the Planning Board and their staff. In some ways, people think this may even be a better site than the original one,” O’Reilly said.
Officials from the company, the town, and the golf course discussed the project at a news conference today at the golf course.
The placement of a “Hollywood East” sign on the lawn of the Plymouth County courthouse caused some controversy recently because the sign obscured a veterans’ memorial. The sign is expected to be moved by Monday.