Public gets say on Delmar \high-end condo deal

The Town Planning Board of Bethlehem meeting turned into a game of musical chairs in between two public hearings on Tuesday, March 18, as dozens of residents crammed into the hallways of Town Hall to voice their opinions on two major planning proposals.

Hearings on the Mystic Woods development and the 40-condominum proposal on the Verstandig's Florist lot were held back-to-back at the meeting, with crowds overwhelming the small meeting room across from the Town Hall auditorium.

With as many as 60 residents waiting outside of the planning board meeting room, which was already filled to capacity, the meeting was moved across the hall for the condominium proposal.

Keystone Builders owner Stephen Bolduc revealed his plans to build 40 high-end condos on the Verstandig's Florist lot off of Delaware Avenue. Bolduc originally brought his plans to the planning board in early February, and the board asked him to return for a public hearing.

The units will sell between the "low $300,000 and $400,000 range," according to Bolduc.

"Since then, we've been working on the renderings," Bolduc told residents at the meeting. "We've done a lot of hard work on this. We're at a part where we'd like to proceed with the project. That's why you're here tonight: to give us comments."

Well over a dozen residents made statements to the board about Bolduc's project for over an hour.

A handful of residents praised the project and said they were happy with the plans.

Bolduc plans to transform the five-acre lot at 445 Delaware Ave. into nine, two-story buildings with 40 condominiums. A little more than two of the five acres would remain green space. There are greenhouses, a florist shop, and a home currently on the lot, which are slated for demolition in Bolduc's plans.

Saratoga Associates architectural and engineering firm presented the plans with Bolduc.

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