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'High-end condos' proposed for Verstandig's property in Delmar

From flowers to floors. That's the plan for the Verstandig's Floral Shop in Delmar.

Keystone Builders unveiled its plans to transform the 445 Delaware Ave. five-acre lot into nine two-story buildings with 40 condominiums.

Architectural drawings and artistic renderings were displayed to the public during the Feb. 5 planning board meeting inside of Bethlehem Town Hall.

Keystone Builder founder Steve Bolduc presented his vision for the empty lot along with David Albrecht from Saratoga Associates architectural and engineering firm. There are greenhouses, a florist shop, and residences currently on the lot that are slated for demolition in Bolduc's plans.

Bolduc told board members that he thought the lot was a beautiful piece of property, ideally located along Delaware Ave. He said he wanted to offer the town "an alternative lifestyle that we don't have around here."

Bolduc described the buildings in his plans as "high-end condos," but said he is still in the preliminary stage of planning and has not priced the units yet. He did give planning board members an unofficial estimate in the mid-$300,000 range per unit.

"What our intent is, is to give it some character and some uniqueness," Bolduc said of his proposal.

Albrecht said the nine buildings would be divided into four and five unit structures with two access points from Delaware Ave. and 64 parking spaces available. He added that there would be underground storage available as well as water quality treatment structures.

Each unit will be between 1,500 and 2,200 square feet and be either three bedroom or two bedroom condos, according to Buldoc, with six different available styles for the units. Although he expects mostly "empty nesters" and very few families to move into the units, Bolduc told the board he did not place an age limit on the development because it could affect demand and limit potential sales.

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