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No decision made by board

TICONDEROGA - No decisions have been made on the future home of the Ticonderoga Police Department.

That message was stressed by Steve Whitford, chairman of the town buildings and grounds committee, during the Feb. 11 town board meeting.

Ticonderoga officials have long discussed moving the police downtown, but recently had to accelerate the discussion.

The nearly 70-year-old concrete block structure on Burgoyne Avenue that now served as the police station has developed a large crack from the foundation up the center of the back wall. It's structural integrity is in question, Whitford said.

The trustee said town officials are now considering three options for police - repairing the existing building, leasing space for a police station or constructing a new building on town property.

"We're trying to get the best bang for our buck," Whitford said. "A lot of people think the Rite Aid is it, that it's a done deal. It's not. It's just one of the places we're looking at."

Last month local officials acknowledged they were in talks with the owner of the former Rite Aid building on Montcalm Street in hopes of relocating the police department.

Police Commissioner Wayne Taylor reported in January the police commission investigated other possibilities and found them lacking. The Armory was excluded for police use since it houses youth activities and police don't want children and criminals in the same building. The downstairs of the Community Building was excluded because of lack of space and parking.

The former Rite Aid building has a market value of $686,000, which makes it too expensive for the town to purchase, Taylor said.

Comm Net Lease Realty, the Florida-based company that owns the building, is willing to lease it to the town for $3 a square foot, Taylor said. The building has 7,800 square feet.

The Ti PD only needs about 3,900 square feet of space, Taylor said. So if the former Rite Aid building is leased to the town there will be room for another agency.

Taylor and other Ti trustees agreed moving the police department downtown will have benefits beyond the building itself. They feel it can help revitalize Montcalm Street.

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