Town looks for APA ruling to allow senior housing project

TICONDEROGA The Ticonderoga town board has asked the Adirondack Park Agency for a map change to clear the way for the construction of senor citizen housing in the community. Liberty Affordable Housing has proposed building 32-unit apartment complex for low and moderate-income seniors on the of the old Moses-Ludington Hospital. That site is now outside the APAs defined hamlet of Ticonderoga and subject to APA review. The Ti town board voted at its Dec. 13 meeting to ask the APA to amend its local map to include the site in the hamlet, which would remove the project from APA jurisdiction. Weve had discussions with the APA and its favorable to our request, Ti Supervisor Bob Dedrick said. Now we just have to go through the necessary steps. Liberty Affordable Housing of Syracuse plans to purchase the old hospital from Inter-Lakes Health, demolish it and construct a three-story complex on the site. The top two floors would house 32 one-bedroom apartments for income-eligible people age 55 and older. Five units will be reserved for frail elderly The first floor of the building would be commercial space made available to Inter-Lakes Health. Dedrick noted many local residents have emotional ties to the old hospital. Theres a lot of sentimentality for local people when they think of the old hospital, he said. Lots of us were born there; our children were born there. Because of the emotional attachment to the old hospital, Liberty has promised to seek to design a building which will be appropriate in appearance. Dedrick said he believes Liberty will incorporate some existing facets of the old hospital into the new building. Liberty and Inter-Lakes are seeking grant funding for the project. If successful in obtaining funding, work on the apartments could begin next summer with occupancy in 2010.

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