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Moses Circle Senior Apartments Office Manager Debbie Bessette walks in front of the new affordable-housing project built on the site of the old Moses-Ludington Hospital in Ticonderoga. The apartment complex is now open and has units available. (Staff Photo/Lohr McKinstry)

Moses Circle Senior Apartments ready

By: LOHR McKINSTRY

TICONDEROGA — Moses Circle Senior Apartments is open on the site of the old Moses-Ludington Hospital, with eight out of 31 units already rented.

The $7 million affordable-housing project opened Oct. 1 to some solid community interest, Property Manager Patricia Deguire-Lapishka said.

“The phone has been ringing constantly. This was clearly something that was needed in the Ticonderoga area.”

Of the 31 single-bedroom apartments, four are wheelchair-accessible, and two are equipped for the hearing- and visually-impaired. 

All but two units are 700 square feet in size; the others are 800 square feet and include a small utility room that could be used for storage or as a home office.

ON A HILL

The three-story building, which sits on the hill overlooking downtown Ticonderoga, was designed to resemble the old brick Moses-Ludington Hospital they had to tear down.

“That was our goal,” Deguire-Lapishka said, “to make it look as much like the old building as possible.”

The building is smoke-free and allows small pets. It includes a laundry room with washing machines and driers, a library/computer center with Internet wi-fi, a fitness center and a community room. Heat and hot water, along with parking in one of the 42 spaces outside is included in the rent, and the building has an elevator.

In addition, every room has a pull-cord system to summon emergency aid.

‘VERY COMFORTABLE’

The complex’s first tenant was Lorraine Dudley, 86, of Crown Point, who moved in Oct. 1.

“It’s very comfortable here,” she said. “I like it here very much.”

The building was designed using green technology, Deguire-Lapishka said, with appliances all Energy Star efficient.

In addition, it is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, commonly called LEED, certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

An open house is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. today to let people see what the inside looks like, she said.

FITNESS INSTRUCTOR

Deguire-Lapishka is with CRM Rental Management of Albany, which is in charge of renting Moses Circle Senior Apartments for owner Liberty Affordable Housing of Rome, N.Y. 

“We have eight units rented now, with another eight moving in by the end of the month,” Office Manager Debbie Bessette said. “People see what the apartments look like, how nice they are, and they want to live here.”

She said they’d like to have the place fully rented by the end of the year.

They’ve also hired Bridget Simpson as fitness instructor for the exercise room.

“She’ll work with doctors and physical therapists. People can also just work out when she’s there.”

The fitness center will be open only under Simpson’s supervision, she said.

FIVE VOUCHERS LEFT

Liberty worked with the Housing Assistance Program of Essex County on the project, which still has five vouchers left for apartments for its clients.

The housing project rents to those ages 55 and older. It was proposed in 2007, but funding issues delayed construction until recently. 

It’s been partially funded by the New York State Homes and Community Renewal’s Tax Credit Program.

Built in 1908, the old hospital closed in 1981 when the new Moses-Ludington Hospital opened nearby. The Inter-Lakes Healthcare complex off Wicker Street in Ticonderoga also includes Heritage Commons nursing home and Lord Howe Estates senior living development, with the latter also managed by CRM.

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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