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Ti PDmay move headquarters

TICONDEROGA - More than a year after the structural viability of the Ticonderoga police building came into question, officials have a plan to move the department.

"We hope to have a new home for the Ti Police Department by the end of the year," trustee Steve Whitford, who chairs the public safety committee, said.

"We have a plan," he said. "We have hopes for Montcalm Street. They need a new home."

He didn't give any specifics, speaking at the February town board meeting.

Ticonderoga officials had long discussed moving the police downtown, but accelerated the discussion in December 2009 when structural issues arose at the police headquarters.

The nearly 70-year-old concrete block structure on Burgoyne Avenue developed a large crack from the foundation up the center of the back wall raising questions about the building's future.

In January 2010 local officials began talks with the owner of the former Rite Aid building on Montcalm Street in hopes of relocating the police department.

The former Rite Aid building has a market value of $686,000, which makes it too expensive for the town to purchase, but Comm Net Lease Realty, the Florida-based company that owns the building, was willing to lease it to the town for $3 a square foot. The building has 7,800 square feet. That also proved too costly for the town.

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.

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