Last summer about 750 Northeast Philly citizens and some politicians raged against the proposal of northeast Philadelphia methadone clinic. They took their case to the zoning board to appeal, when found out that 200 to 700 drug users would be receiving methadone there each day.
This week the Zoning Board of Adjustment ruled that the permit for a proposed methadone clinic in Northeast Philadelphia will be overturned.
Resident Dominic Paris, who owns a commercial property down the street, said last summer to newsworks.com, that it will hurt the neighborhood.
“Property values are going to go down hugely people aren’t going to be able to sell their house next to a medical facility that dispenses methadone because that kind of clientele is something that is not going to look good for you as an individual or homeowner,” said Paris.
Business owner Michael Kaplan grew up in the area.
“This is about dope, legal dope, and we don’t need it in our neighborhood which we are trying to better,” Kaplan said to newsworks.com .
“This extremely important ruling is the culmination of months of work, which has brought local residents together and strengthened our community,” State Rep. Kevin Boyle said to the media. He is one of the legislators who’d fought against the clinic on the 7900 block of Frankford Avenue.
At the neighborhood meeting 100% residents were opposed to the clinic.