City Councilman Bobby Henon has pledged to cover the cost of the initial phase of the community’s appeal seeking to bar a methadone clinic from opening on the Frankford Avenue commercial corridor, asking that they “send me a bill.”
The Holmesburg Civic Association and some State Road businesses have entered into an agreement with NorthEast Treatment Centers that will allow for a methadone clinic to open in the neighborhood. The agreement follows a recent court victory by NET, which plans to open a clinic at 7520 and 7550 State Road.
Many in the East Kensington community said at a meeting last week that they are concerned about the effects a methadone facility could have on the surrounding neighborhood, especially if the facility increases the number of clients it serves.
U.S. Reps. Allyson Schwartz and Bob Brady have written a letter to a Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration official, urging her agency to halt development of a proposed methadone clinic at 7900-04 Frankford Ave.
A methadone clinic is not a permitted use of a property that is zoned C-2, the Zoning Board of Adjustment wrote in its findings of fact and conclusions of law, which was prepared as it nears a court challenge in connection with the proposed facility at 7900-04 Frankford Ave.