Petition effort to support

TICONDEROGA - A petition drive is under way seeking community support for a proposed senior apartment complex.

The petition will be given to state officials who will make a final funding decision on a plan to renovate the old Moses-Ludington Hospital into senior citizen apartments.

Sharon Reynolds of PRIDE and Barbara Wright of Inter-Lakes Health are heading up the petition drive.

Rich Gordon of Liberty Affordable Housing, the company planning the project, told the Ticonderoga town board Feb. 11 all funding applications have been submitted to the state Division of Housing. A final decision is expected in June or July.

The petition, he explained, is not required but will show state officials the project has community support.

The $4 million renovation would create 28 apartments, a community room, common areas, a multi-purpose room, lounge, laundry, storage, security office and lobby in the building adjacent to the current hospital. The three-floor building will be made handicap accessible.

Construction is scheduled to start in the spring of 2011 with the first tenants moving in 18 months later. - if funding is approved.

Local officials have been working with Liberty on the project since 2006.

Gordon praised Ti officials for their support of the project.

"I want to thank the town board, Deb (Supervisor Debra Malaney) and Bob (former Supervisor Bob Dedrick)," he said. "We sincerely appreciate the efforts of many people in Ticonderoga who helped."

Plans call for the old MLH to be gutted and rebuilt, but retain its facade.

The old MLH building is owned by Inter-Lakes Health, which owns and operates the current hospital, nursing home and adjacent Lord Howe Estates senior housing complex. When the apartments are ready, they'll be operated by CRM Rental management, which now operates Lord Howe Estates in conjunction with Inter-Lakes Health.

"It's going to be a great project," Gordon said. "I guarantee when it's done you'll be proud of it."

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