SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga area Code Blue overnight shelter program is set to move into its new Saratoga Springs location on Monday, after spending the last month housing homeless people temporarily at the Saratoga County Fire Training Center in Milton.
The new Code Blue location at 4 Adelphi St. is ready for use about a month later than officials originally hoped. While the goal had been to open in mid-November after a quick renovation, it was delayed after the unanticipated discovery of asbestos in the building, which then had to be removed by an asbestos abatement contractor. That is what prompted the need to use the fire training center to house the homeless as the winter started.
“We will open 4 Adelphi Street at 5 p.m. on Monday, December 9th,” said Rosemary Royce, spokeswoman for Shelters of Saratoga, the non-profit organization that oversees the Saratoga Code Blue program.
The training center building is located on the County Farm property in Milton, about eight miles from downtown Saratoga Springs, and Shelters of Saratoga has been providing transportation from downtown Saratoga Springs to that location while waiting for the new shelter to be ready.
Shelters entered a two-year agreement to lease the building at 4 Adelphi St., a former car-detailing shop off South Broadway, after spending much of the summer looking unsuccessfully for a permanent Code Blue location in Saratoga Springs. The new location was announced in early November, with winter fast approaching.
Shelters of Saratoga officials said they will also be restoring the Fire Training Center to its previous condition next week, including cleaning, painting and shampooing the carpet. The training center is normally used for training classes and meetings of volunteer and career firefighters from across the county.