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

Bolduc said he already has a waiting list with 45 people interested in the development.

When asked by Planning Board member John Smolinsky if there could be a potential school impact, Bolduc responded by saying the impact would be very limited.

Bolduc said the planned development would include the installation of sidewalks along Delaware Avenue and upgrading the sewer main from a 12-inch pipe to an 18-inch pipe "at a considerable cost" to his company.

Smolinsky also expressed concerns over whether the project fit in with the character of the neighborhood and called the plans "non-residential in scale."

"What's important is to not destroy the character of the neighborhood," Smolinsky told Bolduc, who conceded that the structures were bigger than a typical home.

However, Bolduc countered, there were several larger homes in the area that were comparable in size and added that the pitch of the buildings roofs could be lowered to reduce its elevation.

Bolduc said he is more than willing to work with the town on the development proposal.

"This is very important to me. I've worked 30 years for this opportunity," Bolduc told board members before describing the project as "The flagship project for my whole career."

Planning Board member Howard Engel asked why so many bedrooms were planned for "empty nesters."

Bolduc replied that many of the people who downsize still want their same lifestyle but prefer to have a home with little or no maintenance. Many empty nesters want to have extra rooms for family gatherings as well as have a den, library, or office, Bolduc said.

Planning Board member Kathy McCarthy asked if deciduous trees would be included with the landscaping plans and added that she appreciated the plans calling for putting the garages behind the structure and not along Delaware Ave.

Albrecht showed the board a preliminary landscaping draft that showed trees lining Delaware Ave., but few trees in the back of the property where sewer lines would have to be installed. He explained that plantings had to be sparse around the sewer main.

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