Northeast Times

Editorial: Stick it elsewhere

May­fair and Holmes­burg re­main re­l­at­ively stable com­munit­ies in Phil­adelphia’s greatest sec­tion, the Great North­east, so it should come as no sur­prise that the good folks who live and do busi­ness there — and the politi­cians who rep­res­ent them — are com­ing out of the wood­work to pre­vent the area from be­com­ing a mag­net for drug ad­dicts.

An agency called Heal­ing Way wants to open a meth­adone clin­ic on the 7900 block of Frank­ford Ave. and has a lease with the prop­erty own­er, a loc­al real es­tate broker.

But foes of the planned drug clin­ic — in­clud­ing the Re­altor, who wants to break the lease and should have bothered to ask a few im­port­ant ques­tions be­fore agree­ing to lease the site to the clin­ic in the first place — want noth­ing of the sort in the area, and they are 100 per­cent right.

To sup­ple­ment vig­or­ous op­pos­i­tion to the drug clin­ic demon­strated at com­munity ral­lies and in­ter­ven­tion by state of­fi­cials to kill the plan, the build­ing own­er should take Heal­ing Way to court, if ne­ces­sary, to can­cel the lease. If Heal­ing Way doesn’t come to its senses by with­draw­ing its plan, op­pon­ents should pack a sched­uled Aug. 31 hear­ing at the Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment.

The com­munity’s voice was heard two years ago in Bustleton when res­id­ents blocked a meth­adone clin­ic from open­ing near Roosevelt Boulevard and Grant Av­en­ue, and the com­munity’s voice should pre­vail again. North­east Philly should nev­er be forced to ac­cept an in­flux of un­desir­ables.

When truly united and out­spoken, the people will nev­er be de­feated.

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