The Town of Huntington now owns a 1-acre piece of property in Fort Salonga that will be used to protect open space and to provide a small gravel parking area to allow safe access to the northern trailhead to the Makamah Nature Preserve across the street.
The town closed on the property on Jan. 17, paying the Roberg family $350,000. The plot is located north of the intersection of Makamah and Breeze Hill roads, according to a statement from the town.
The purchase will allow the town to address issues near the property. The narrow width of Makamah Road, its winding alignment, and the fast speed of cars had made parking along its western edge dangerous and contributed to erosion of the road bank in proximity to freshwater wetlands.
“The Town has been working for some time to acquire this property, both for its environmental significance and for how the Town can now make it easier and safer for residents to access the Makamah Nature Preserve trail,” Supervisor Frank P. Petrone said in the statement.
The acquired property, which will be named the Davis Brickmaker Preserve, was once used to mine brick molding sand and was critical to the operation of historic brickworks in the area, the town said.
The Roberg site is the 31st parcel acquired under the town Environmental Open Space and Park Fund. Several acquisitions are pending and will close this year, having been authorized and funded by the town board. Included will be the 12.4-acre Carpenter Farm in Huntington, the 8-acre Meyers Farm in Melville and the 5-acre Erb Property in Dix Hills, the town said.