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Ti police may move downtown

Town negotiating to lease former Rite Aid building

Investigator Dan LaFrance stands outside the Ticonderoga Police Department in Burgoyne Road. The Ti town board has directed its attorney to begin negotiations to lease the former Rite Aid building on Montcalm Street as a new police headquarters.

Investigator Dan LaFrance stands outside the Ticonderoga Police Department in Burgoyne Road. The Ti town board has directed its attorney to begin negotiations to lease the former Rite Aid building on Montcalm Street as a new police headquarters. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— That income along with the $15,000 budgeted for the current police station, means it will cost the town $9,000 a year more to have the police department located on Montcalm Street, the committee claims.

At the same time, Comm Net Lease Realty retains ownership of the building and continues to pay $7,300 a year in town, county and school taxes, according to the committee report.

The committee recommended entering into a lease for the former Rite Aid building, noting the space meets all the requirements of the Ti PD, strengthens police presence downtown, is the least costly option for a police station and keeps the building on the tax roll.

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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