Ti police may move downtown

TICONDEROGA - The Ticonderoga Police Department may be forced to leave its Burgoyne Road building.

The concrete block structure has developed a large crack from the foundation up the center of the back wall, Supervisor Bob Dedrick said.

"We've got to get engineers to look at it and decide if it can be saved," Dedrick said of the building.

The Ti town board is now considering alternative, short-term locations for the police department.

Dedrick said the police could move to the first floor of the former armory on Champlain Avenue or the basement of the Community Building.

The problem with the existing police office building may prove to be an opportunity, Dedrick noted.

Ticonderoga officials have long discussed having the police department located downtown, he said. Now, if the department must move anyway, this may the chance to do it.

"We'd like to have the police downtown," Dedrick said. "They'd be much more visible, more accessible and just their presence would be a deterrent to crime, especially the vandalism, downtown."

The town board has identified several possible Montcalm Street buildings as a possible home for the police department.

One is the former Rite Aid building, which is now owned by a land-development group based in Florida. That building is now vacant.

"We are negotiating with the owner of the old Rite Aid building," Dedrick confirmed. "We feel that would be an ideal location."

The supervisor said that building has plenty of space for the police and could also house another town office. It also has adequate parking, he noted.

"We'll have to see if we can work something out (with the building owner)," Dedrick said. "That's our goal."

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