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OGDENSBURG — Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center has bought a neighboring property for $240,000 for unspecified expansion purposes.

The hospital’s acquisition is Farrand’s Flowers, 118 King St., across Ford Avenue from the hospital, which is at 214 King St.

Farrand’s is relocating to a 3,000-square-foot storefront building at 1021 Paterson St.

“Any time there is property that becomes available in the vicinity, we try to acquire it,” said Laura Shea, the hospital’s director of community relations and planning.

There are no immediate or confirmed plans for the property, which includes parking and office space.

The hospital paid more than twice the 5,400-square-foot property’s $104,000 assessed value. The hospital already owns a vacant building at Ford Avenue and King Street, next to the flower shop.

Farrand’s owner, John C. Farrand, said he is selling the business to Patricia Kelley, a 20-year store employee and owner of an Ogdensburg events planning business, PK Solutions.

Relocation will begin in May, Mr. Farrand said Thursday. “We’re actually moving right now,” he said.

Mrs. Kelley will keep the Farrand’s name for her new business and Mr. Farrand will stay on as a consultant. The store will have no greenhouse, but instead will emphasize window and outdoor display space and an expanded gift shop.

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