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October 19, 2013

Moses Circle Senior Apartments ready

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.

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