TICONDEROGA — A project to create a student dorm for North Country Community College’s Ticonderoga Campus is getting a $300,000 infusion of cash.
JASAMA LLC, a company operated by Ticonderoga resident James Major, was just awarded the loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program.
Major is chairman of the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance, a nonprofit group dedicated to improving the community.
U.S. Congressman Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) said the loan will fund the proposed rehabilitation of the Huestis Building at 92 Montcalm St. in Ticonderoga for the dormitory.
When completed, the project will create new housing for 16 NCCC students. Major said about half the rooms already have student commitments for a fall semester opening.
BAKERY TO OPEN
Libby’s Bakery and Cafe is preparing to open at 6 a.m. Saturday on the first floor of the building. It will be operated by pastry chef Claire Brown, chef Katy Lewis and business manager Andrew Rasmus.
The Bakery and Cafe will offer breakfast and lunch, pies, cakes, cookies, pastries and breads.
JASAMA will convert the apartments on the second floor of the Huestis Building, which previously housed an antiques store, into two quad rooms for out-of-area students. Each will consist of four double-occupancy dorm rooms with a shared kitchen and a common room for study.
The project is the first step in a series of planned improvements by JASAMA to its Montcalm Street properties that involve converting them to student housing and allowing NCCC to increase enrollment at its Ticonderoga Campus, Owens said.
“I am pleased to see the USDA stepping in to assist students at NCCC and the community with this loan,” he said in a news release. “When members of the public and private sectors, like JASAMA and NCCC work together, communities reap the benefits.”