Debbie Bessette, left, office manager, and Bonnie Barnhart, maintenance superintendent, look over plans in the new Moses Circle Senior Apartments. Applications to live in the complex’s 31 units will be available June 1. It is scheduled to open Sept. 1.
Construction of the Moses Circle Senior Apartments in Ticonderoga is on schedule and the complex is expected to open in September.
“Everything is going very well,” Patricia Deguire-Lapishka, the property manager, said. “The mild winter really helped us and we’re ready to starting taking applications. We anticipate opening Sept. 1.”
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 beginning June 1. Applications will be available at the Lord Howe Estate office.
Rent at the new complex will be determined by income. Deguire-Lapishka urged people with interest to call Debbie Bessette, office manager, at 585-6696 to determine their eligibility and rent.
“There are several factors that will be taken into account,” Deguire-Lapishka said. “I would encourage everyone who may be interested to fill out an application.”
Should applications exceed the number of apartments, a lottery will determine who gets space.
Moses Circle Senior Apartments includes 31 private apartments, each with about 570 square feet, a kitchen, living room, bedroom, full bath, storage space, air conditioning and internet availability. It will be 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 will be heat and parking.
“I can tell you the view out of every window is breathtaking,” Deguire-Lapishka said. “I can’t imagine anyone could be unhappy looking out those windows.”
The front of the building looks down Montcalm Street. The rear has views of the Lord Howe Valley and Chilson.
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.”
Deguire-Lapishka said she and Bessette and will visit area senior citizen centers in coming weeks to present a 3-D model of the new apartment complex and answer questions. Anyone group interested in a presentation can call Bessette at 585-6696.
“This will be an absolutely beautiful addition to the town,” Deguire-Lapishka said. “This will be a place for people to enjoy life with no worries.”
All maintenance, snow removal, landscaping and trash collection will be included in the rent.
Residents will be responsible for their own electric, cable television and phone bills. Electric bills are estimated to be less than $50 a month.
Deguire-Lapishka expects the demand for Moses Circle Senior Apartments to be high. A similar property in New York Mills, she said, had 200 applications for 40 apartments.