Planning board OKs florist's site plan

"Right now our whole [Selkirk] operation is 100 percent wholesale, so what we're essentially doing is starting a new business," Verstandig said of the proposed new building. "It will probably be more in line with a farmers market kind of deal like the Carrot Barn up in Schoharie."

Verstandig said, "The gift shop is a thing of the past."

Assistant Director of Economic Development and Planning Michael Morelli said that Verstandig's proposed building has adequate parking and does not need a variance.

"They have around 48 acres over there between Jericho, Elm Avenue and Creble Road and the building is being proposed along the Creble side," Morelli said. "It's zoned rural light industrial, which is a permitted use compliant with the zoning."

Morelli said that Verstandig basically needs a building permit and he can start.

However, Verstandig said everything is contingent on the approval of the Keystone Builders project in Delmar and then ultimately the sale of Verstandig's Delaware Avenue property to Stephen Bolduc, Keystone's owner.

"This kind of dovetails together," Verstandig said of his Selkirk project and Bolduc's Delmar condominium project. "One is contingent on the other."

Bolduc is also designing Verstandig's new building.

The board unanimously approved Verstandig's site plan and Planning Board Chairman Parker Mathusa said that the next step for Verstandig is to continue working with the town on finalized details and to get final site plan approval.""

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