Hospice of the North Country to build new administrative facility

PLATTSBURGH - Hospice of the North Country will soon have a new home for its administrative offices in Plattsburgh.

The nonprofit organization will break ground for a new facility on Tom Miller Road this Monday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m.

Executive director Kent W. Brooks said the organization began examining the move in May, searching for real estate to purchase, lease or rent.

"We really couldn't find one to suit our needs," said Brooks.

However, the organization eventually crossed paths with Donald M. and Suzanne B. Kasprzak, who were willing to sell property they own on Tom Miller Road to Hospice for half of market value.

"That was a great start," said Brooks, who signed closing papers for the property Nov. 3.

Since then, Hospice hasn't had to pay any associated costs with preparing the site. Legal fees, engineering fees, architectural fees - all have been donated by the respective firms to help Hospice keep the cost of the move as low as possible, said Brooks, who estimated the overall donation of services somewhere between $125,000-$150,000 in value.

"It's been wonderful," said Brooks.

The desire to move the Plattsburgh offices from Durkee Street - where the organization has occupied for the past five years - was due to a lack of space, said Brooks.

"We've just really outgrown the facility that we're in," said Brooks. "We occupy two separates spaces within the building on two different floors. The space no longer meets our needs."

Though the move is what Brooks has referred to as a "half-million" project, he said he is unsure if the project will actually cost anywhere near $500,000.

"Our ultimate goal is to move in free and clear. I'm not sure if that's possible. That's going to be up to the community," Brooks said, adding additional donations would help continue to defray the cost.

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