New safety measures have been added to exits for a mobile-home park in North Amityville after residents said the area had become dangerous.
Homeowners living near Frontier Mobile Home Park had said the newly created exits to the park were unsafe, citing an accident in which a 13-year-old boy was hit by a car. The park is being redeveloped by R Squared Real Estate Partners of Plainview, which has plans to build 500 apartments and 42,000 square feet of retail space on the site. As construction began this spring, some exits onto Route 110 were closed and former fire exits in a fence on Geraldine Avenue were opened to traffic.
Residents in the park complained that there was poor visibility at the new exits, and homeowners in the area said drivers were swerving and jumping curbs to avoid hitting exiting vehicles. In July, the 13-year-old was hit by a car as he was riding his bicycle out of the park. He suffered a dislocated hip, broken ribs, punctured lung and fractured nose in the collision, according to neighbors and his family.
In response to the complaints, last month R Squared widened the fences at the exits and cleared trees and foliage. Babylon Town workers installed rumble strips as well as warning signs to slow down drivers. Neighbors said there have been no more incidents and they are pleased with the changes.
"They paid attention," said Geraldine Avenue resident Alexis Gadsden, 69. "It's much better than it was, so I'm grateful."