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Lowe's temporarily stalled

TICONDEROGA Development of the Ticonderogas Lowes store has been temporarily delayed because of an archeological find at an off-site location needed to house excavated soil. Everything has been approved for Lowes, but the soil must be removed from the site before further development can begin. Thats the only thing holding it back, Ticonderoga Supervisor Robert Dedrick said. The developer had planned on moving the excess soil to a site on the Shanahan Road. in Ticonderoga. But when the Adirondack Park Agency did an archeological survey of the area, there was a significant find close to the planned location for the soil. If you went to the site, you would see hundreds of red flags, Dedrick said, explaining the extent of the find. The fate of the discovery is in the hands of the property owner, since it is located on private property. Several options were perused simultaneously in order to lessen the delay. The developer also applied for an avoidance, which would allow the archeological site to be avoided while still dumping the soil on the Shanahan site. The developer is investigating several sites to locate the fill with DEC (state Department of Environmental Conservation) and APA approvals, Dedrick explained. After a location is secured for the soil, the developers will start work immediately. Dedrick said he has had many people inquire about the dirt, but that it must be brought to a location permitted by the DEC.

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