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Battle against methadone clinic continues in Holmesburg

The Holmes­burg Civic As­so­ci­ation plans to con­tin­ue to fight the pro­posed open­ing of a meth­adone clin­ic at Frank­ford Av­en­ue and Dec­atur Street.

Last June, a Com­mon Pleas Court judge sus­tained an ap­peal of a Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment de­cision, al­low­ing the clin­ic to open.

Op­pon­ents are ap­peal­ing that rul­ing. The city sup­ports open­ing the clin­ic.

“We’re not done fight­ing yet,” said Rich Frizell, pres­id­ent of the civic as­so­ci­ation.

Frizell is hop­ing the state re­jects the clin­ic, for­cing The Heal­ing Way to sue.

Lisa Dee­ley, an aide to City Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on, said, “Not this pro­vider, not in this loc­a­tion.”

Mike Tom­lin­son, a Holmes­burg res­id­ent and Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate in the 173rd Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict, ar­gued that meth­adone has been proven to be in­ef­fect­ive.

Phil In­nam­or­ato, a Tor­res­dale res­id­ent and aide to U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, ex­pects the courts to have the fi­nal say, though he said the fed­er­al De­part­ment of Justice Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion might weigh in.

Last Au­gust, U.S. Reps. Bob Brady and Allyson Schwartz wrote to that agency, ask­ing that it re­ject The Heal­ing Way’s ap­plic­a­tion.

“Whatever we’re able to do, we want to ex­plore those pos­sib­il­it­ies,” In­nam­or­ato said.

In oth­er news from the April 10 meet­ing:

• Frizell is hope­ful that a meth­adone clin­ic that will be com­ing to 7520 and 7550 State Road will not cause any prob­lems. The civic as­so­ci­ation and some State Road busi­nesses entered in­to an agree­ment with North­East Treat­ment Cen­ters fol­low­ing a court vic­tory by NET. An ad­vis­ory com­mit­tee will ad­dress such is­sues as park­ing, se­cur­ity, hours of op­er­a­tion, wait­ing room ca­pa­city, hir­ing and vendor op­por­tun­it­ies and clean­li­ness.

Frizell said NET is a re­spons­ible pro­vider and de­scribed CEO Regan Kelly as “very open.”

Dur­ing a re­cent meet­ing, Kelly gave her cell phone num­ber to Frizell, St. Hubert High School pres­id­ent Frank Far­rell and New Found­a­tions Charter School CEO Paul St­adel­ber­ger.

• Lori Spadaro, a field or­gan­izer for Next­door.com, en­cour­aged res­id­ents to sign up for the free site, which began in Cali­for­nia and is fun­ded by ven­ture cap­it­al firms. The site en­ables neigh­bors to learn what’s go­ing on in their com­munity.

For more in­form­a­tion or to sign up, go to next­door.com

• Mem­bers voted 16-2 to not op­pose a bid by the own­er of a corner prop­erty at Cottman Av­en­ue and Walk­er Street to open a real es­tate of­fice.

• Holmes­burg Civic As­so­ci­ation will meet on Tues­day, May, 13, at 7:15 p.m. at Holmes­burg Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, at Rhawn and Dit­man streets. Can­did­ates in the May 20 primary elec­tion will ad­dress the crowd. ••

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