SARATOGA SPRINGS -- The Saratoga County Fire Training Center in Milton will serve as a temporary Code Blue site while work continues on a more permanent shelter in Saratoga Springs, Shelters of Saratoga announced Tuesday.
Transportation will be provided to the location, which will be in operation starting Wednesday, since night temperatures over the next few days are expected to drop below freezing. A Code Blue Extreme, with the real feel of the weather being 10 degrees or lower, is expected by Monday, shelter officials said.
The shelter will only be open when the temperature drops below 32 degrees, but right now shelter officials believe that will be for at least the next week.
The Fire Training Building is located on the County Farm property in Milton, about eight miles from downtown Saratoga Springs.
Shelters of Saratoga staff will provide transportation between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. each evening by calling 518-812-6886, and will provide transportation back to Saratoga Springs in the morning. The pick-up and drop-off location will be the Woodlawn Avenue parking garage.
After 9 p.m., the Saratoga County Department of Social Services will provide transportation to those who call either the Saratoga Springs Police Department or the Saratoga County Sheriffs' Department.
After spending much of the summer looking for a permanent Code Blue location in Saratoga Springs, Shelters of Saratoga entered a two-year agreement to lease a building at 4 Adelphi St., a former car-detailing shop. Plans to have it ready for occupancy by mid-November have been delayed, though, after crews found asbestos in the building.
Shelters of Saratoga spokeswoman Rosemary Royce said shelter officials now hope the Adelphi Street location can open in the first week of December.