Lorraine Dudley, right, is the first resident at the new Moses Circle Senior Apartments in Ticonderoga. Joining her is Patricia Deguire-Lapishka, the property manager. The facility has 31 units.
At age 86, Lorraine Dudley is a pace setter. The former Crown Point woman is the first resident at the new Moses Circle Senior Apartments in Ticonderoga.
“I think it’s very nice; very comfortable,” Dudley said her new home. “There’s a lot of room. Everything is easy to get at. It’s just fine.”
Dudley moved in Oct. 1.
Bethany Kosmider, Dudley’s daughter, is pleased her mother has moved into the new facility.
“She wanted to be safe, comfortable, warm,” Kosmider said. “This fits the bill. It’s wonderful.”
While there’s still space available in the 31-unit complex, Patricia Deguire-Lapishka, the property manager, expects to be full very soon.
“I’ll be very surprised if we’re not 100 percent full in November,” she said. “Since we opened interest has really picked up.”
Senior citizens interested in living in the new facility, located at the site of the former Moses-Ludington Hospital on Wicker Street, can submit applications at the building’s office or call 558-1007.
Rent at the new complex is determined by income. Deguire-Lapishka urged people with interest to call Debbie Bessette, office manager, to determine their eligibility and rent.
Moses Circle Senior Apartments includes 31 private apartments, each with about 700 square feet, a kitchen, living room, bedroom, full bath, storage space, air conditioning and internet availability. It is an independent-living facility with four handicap-accessible units. All units are non-smoking.
The building also has an elevator, a laundry room, a fitness center, a library/media room and a community room with a kitchen.
Included in the rent is heat and parking.
Located atop a hill overlooking downtown Ticonderoga and the Lord Howe Valley, residents of the facility have some of the best views in town.
“It’s a wonderful view,” Dudley said. “I can see everything.”
“I thought we had great views in the summer, but with the fall colors the views are spectacular,” she said.
All maintenance, snow removal, landscaping and trash collection is included in the rent.
Residents are responsible for their own electric, cable television and phone bills. Electric bills are estimated to be less than $50 a month.
“Once they move in, our residents can relax and enjoy being here,” Deguire-Lapishka said. “If there is ever a problem all they have to do is tell us. We’ll take of it.”
Each apartment also includes an emergency alert system. Residents simply need to pull an attached string and emergency assistance is available.
“I feel good having my mother here,” Kosmider said. “I think it’s very safe and secure. It couldn’t be more perfect.”
Moses Circle Senior Apartments is owned by Liberty Affordable Housing and managed by CRM Rental Management, the same group that operates the adjacent Lord Howe Estates.
The senior housing project actually started in 2007, but funding issues delayed its start. Then plans to rehabilitate the old hospital building into apartments proved infeasible. The old hospital was torn down and the new building was erected in its foot print. The new facility is being made to retain the look of the old hospital.
“We would have preferred to restore the existing building, but there were unforeseen issues,” Deguire-Lapishka said. “The bright side is that we have a beautiful new, green, energy-efficient and sustainable building for a long time to come.”