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Keystone updates Verstandig's site plan

Local developers Keystone Builders said they are ready to start developing the Verstandig's site in Delmar as soon as their plans get approval from the town.

Planning Board members heard an update from Stephen Bolduc on Keystone Builders proposal 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 last year, and a public hearing was held last March.

The units will sell between the $375,000 and $450,000 range, according to Bolduc, who said the plans have been three years in the making, but "in some ways, the delays have given me time to look at it [plans] and enhance it."

"We're ready to go," he said of the proposed four-phase build out.

Bolduc wants to transform the 5-acre lot at 445 Delaware Ave. into nine,

two-story buildings with 40 condominiums. A little more than 2 of the 5 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.

Owner Robert Verstandig plans to expand his Selkirk operation on Creble Road and is waiting until Keystone Builders gets final approval before he officially sells the property to Bolduc.

Saratoga Associates architectural and engineering firm is working with Bolduc on the plans.

There will be 64 parking spaces, up from the required 60 spaces, and a circular access road to Delaware Avenue that will allow for two-way traffic. A stormwater basin is to be built underground in order to collect runoff and storm water.

The biggest concern of local residents is excessive runoff water, stormwater management and traffic. The stormwater management plan is currently being revised and should be available in the next couple of weeks.

"We are definitely aware of these concerns," Bolduc said.

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