Project still alive

TICONDEROGA - A plan to renovate the old Moses-Ludington Hospital into senior citizen apartments is still in the works.

Liberty Affordable Housing, the company that proposed the project, failed to secure the expected grant funding last summer. But the project is still alive, according to Rich Gordon, regional property manager for the firm.

"The funding was approved at the regional level, but the state just ran out of money before it reached us," he said. "The New York State Division of Housing really liked our proposal. There wasn't enough money to go around."

Ticonderoga Supervisor Deb Malaney said a new funding application has been submitted, well in advance of the Feb. 9 deadline.

"We're very optimistic we'll be funded this time," Malaney said. "Grant money is still available for good projects. This is a good project."

The project, which has been in the works the past four years, is nearly identical to the one submitted for funding a year ago. The only change, Malaney said, is an increase in the number of apartments, from 28 to 31.

The $4 million renovation would also create 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 would be made handicap accessible.

Malaney said officials hope to learn the fate of the funding application this summer. If successful, construction will start in the fall and be completed in 2012.

Liberty and Ti officials have been working on the project the past four years. The process included an Adirondack Park Agency map change in 2007 that made the project exempt from Adirondack Park Agency oversight.

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. The plan is for the senior apartments to be operated by CRM Rental management, which now operates Lord Howe Estates in conjunction with Inter-Lakes Health.

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