Neighbors unhappy with The Gables

The site has been almost entirely cleared out, with dozens of tress felled. Some neighbors saw this as an issue that goes beyond an inconvenience.

"They told us they would try to keep the trees, that has just not happened," said one longtime resident who did not want to be named.

Bolduc said the extensive work needed to install sewers and water service necessitated a lot of trees being taken down. The approved project includes a landscaping plan.

"We haven't taken down anything that we didn't need to take down, which is pretty much everything that was there, unfortunately," Bolduc said.

He added that Keystone is seeking to move one notable maple tree off of the site and plant it elsewhere.

When work at The Gables will be completed is hard to say. Bolduc estimated the road will be paved in the fall, and construction of a model unit is moving along quickly. A full buildout will be dependent on sales, though, and without that model people aren't committing.

"We need to get sales, and then we will continue to move forward," Bolduc said. "People want to see the model, they want to go in to it, touch it, feel it."

The Gables at Delmar has had a long and storied planning process. First announced in February of 2008, the intent had originally been to build 40 condominiums. Keystone even had the town's approval to build the condos. The site is the former location of Verstandig's Florist.

The plans were changed over to a layout of 27 townhomes in 13 buildings. Keystone (like many other developers) found that the condo market is especially slow now, and was having trouble financing and filling the units.

The site is in a fairly attractive location, within walking distance of the Four Corners and nestled against the picturesque streets of Delmar neighborhoods, where many homes are over 100 years old. Though most residents spoken to by The Spotlight said they don't object to the project itself, there have been opponents who feel The Gables represents a clash of New Delmar with Old Delmar.

"I moved to this neighborhood because it was a neighborhood," said Bowen. "I hope they put up trees, a berm and fences to shut it off."

The plans call for a sidewalk to cut through the project to connect Adams Place with Delaware Avenue. The town library and Town Hall are right across the street from The Gables. Bolduc asked that people refrain from cutting through the construction site until that corridor is established.""

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