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Planning board OKs florist's site plan

A local florist and nursery is one step closer to getting final approval for its Selkirk expansion as it prepares to move from Delmar.

Robert Verstandig, owner of Verstandig's, longtime local floral shop on Delaware Avenue, presented his Selkirk site plan to the planning board on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Verstandig plans to sell his property in Delmar to local builder Keystone Builders, who has plans to construct 40 condominiums on the land.

Verstandig plans to build a 3,968-square-foot building in Selkirk to house his offices and retail and wholesale plant materials. At a previous planning board meeting, Verstandig was asked about parking, blacktop, landscaping plans and signage.

The plans now call for the entrances and exits of the Creble Road site to be black topped, but that the main driveway will not get any asphalt until a later date.

At some point we'll probably do more on the blacktop issue, Verstandig said. "The handicapped parking has also been moved closer to the building's entrance."

As for the landscaping, Verstandig said, "We've been in business for over 40 years so we're all about landscaping."

One of the things Verstandig said he wanted was to keep some of the trees smaller in the landscape plans in order to allow for sunlight onto the property for the greenhouses and possible solar panels.

The business will have a 4-by-6-foot sign that will be externally illuminated, according to the plans.

Planning Board member Nicholas A. Behuniak said the town is always looking to make sure that signage is "commercially tasteful," and thanked Verstandig for keeping his sign below the town's code requirement.

"I certainly appreciate that you accommodated that," Behuniak said.

At a previous planning board meeting, Verstandig said that as he gears toward a more wholesale operation in Selkirk, the biggest change will be discontinuing the gift shop.

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