Opinion

I am writing regarding the article "Many Smiles at Destiny House," a residence for people who are intellectually disabled and deaf-blind.

The wonderful announcement in the Port News article gave no location of the Destiny House, only to say it was on a small residential street.

Destiny House is located on the west side of Dunes Lane in Manorhaven. It is far from a small residential street. It is an extremely long residential street, and has no sidewalks. It has a lot of traffic from the many single and mostly two-family homes. Dunes Lane connects two municipalities, Manorhaven and Sands Point, thus creating a tremendous amount of through traffic as well. Most of the cars go very fast and disregard the 20-mph speed limit and ride close to the west side curbing to avoid the four speed bumps in the road. Along with the heavy through commercial traffic, that disregards the "no thru commercial trucking" signs; we have taxis, always in a hurry, and numerous school buses and vans, mostly empty that use this street.

In the early planning stages, I made a phone call to HKNC to discuss all of the above. I recommended that the planning board spend some time on the street to evaluate the location. I also recommended that since the landlord owns so many properties in the area, they might look for a duplex apartment on a smaller, quieter residential street with a lot less traffic and one with sidewalks if the residents and staff would like to take a walk. Last week a staff member got in a parked car on the east side of the street. I hope the residences don't have to do the same. In closing, I urge all that travel Dunes Lane to keep in mind our new neighbors - the residence and staff of the new Destiny House that need a safe environment outside Destiny House as well. Please stop the speeding! There is no signage on the street or the duplex apartment house urging caution.

Patricia DeBari


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