The eviction process can officially begin Thursday for dozens of residents of a North Amityville mobile home park that is being redeveloped.
Residents in the first phase of construction for the redevelopment of Frontier Mobile Home Park had until Wednesday to either accept a $20,000 relocation plan offered by developer R Squared Real Estate Partners of Plainview or face eviction. Residents, who own their homes but pay about $600 a month in rent to park owner H. Lee Blumberg, were notified in February 2011 that the site was being redeveloped to build 500 apartments and retail space. A federal discrimination lawsuit filed by some of the residents is pending.
Babylon town spokesman Kevin Bonner said R Squared will move residents who were approved for the relocation plan but have not yet found housing into vacant trailers on the site or put them up in hotels. The town is pointing others to four local agencies: Federation Employment & Guidance Services, Family Service League, and the county's social services and veterans departments.
According to Bonner, the Long Island Housing Partnership reports that six residents who have been approved for the plan have indicated they will need housing. As many as 39 others in the park also may need housing, he said.
"No one is going to be thrown out on the street starting May 1," Bonner said.
According to the New York State Unified Court System website, for the eviction process to begin, a property owner must first go to court and have residents served with a notice of petition. If the judge rules against the resident, a warrant for eviction will be issued. The judge may allow the resident up to four months to find housing. After that, the resident could be served a notice to vacate the property in 72 hours.
Residents in the first phase of construction Wednesday complained about the relocation plan process, saying it is taking a long time and residents are in limbo. They also lamented the upheaval the redevelopment will cause to the park's elderly residents and families with school-aged children.
Laura Zilinski, 60, a nurse close to retirement, said she is not sure where she will go.
"We're the little people, but we pay our taxes like everybody else. We've been active members of this community for 50 years, and for somebody to think that doesn't count is just not right," said Zilinski, one of the plaintiffs in the federal suit.