Old Ticonderoga hospital to be razed

New building to become senior apartments

The old Moses-Ludington Hospital will be razed to make way for a new senior citizen apartment complex in Ticonderoga.

The old Moses-Ludington Hospital will be razed to make way for a new senior citizen apartment complex in Ticonderoga.

— A $7 million project to construct a senior citizen housing complex in Ticonderoga is on schedule, but there has been a major change in the plan.

Liberty Affordable Housing Inc. had planned to renovate the old Moses-Ludington Hospital into 31 apartments, but the firm has decided that is no longer feasible.

“During the process of interior demolition and abatement, structural issues were uncovered beyond what was originally anticipated,” said Davis Yohe, Liberty deputy executive director. “A thorough inspection performed by a structural engineer revealed extensive deterioration and it was determined that the building is structurally unsound.”

As a result Liberty has decided to raze the long-vacant building and construct a new building in its place. It will be called Moses Circle Senior Apartments.

“Understanding that the three-story landmark is a proud symbol of Ticonderoga’s history, Liberty has instructed the project architect to prepare new architectural plans that will maintain the character and look of the old hospital,” Yohe said.

Plans are to demolish the old hospital soon and place footings for the new construction before inclement weather arrives. Work would then continue throughout the winter with completion scheduled at the end of 2013 as originally planned.

Liberty and Ti officials began working on the project in 2006. 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 Liberty, which bought it in June from Inter-Lakes Health.

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

Moses Circle Senior Apartments is one of 35 projects chosen statewide to receive funding to build and preserve affordable housing under New York State Homes and Community Renewal’s competitive 2011 Unified Funding round.

“New York State Homes and Community Renewal is the agency responsible for the funding and oversight of the project and supports Liberty’s decision for the change to new construction,” Yohe said.

Funding for the project is through New York State Homes and Community Renewal with a $1.36 million low-interest HOME loan and an allocation of federal low-income housing tax credits. The tax credits will be converted to a private equity investment of $5.66 million.

Liberty Affordable Housing Inc. is a not-for-profit developer with over 1,200 units of quality affordable housing across New York State.

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