Outcry triggers revocation of methadone clinic’s permit

Posted: March 13, 2012

A METHADONE clinic that was slated to open in Holmesburg, drawing fiery opposition last summer from neighbors and local political leaders, was stripped of its permit Tuesday by the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

The decision came after neighbors who were vehemently opposed to the proposed clinic packed a Zoning Board hearing in late August. Word had spread in early July that its proprietors had obtained the permit to open the Healing Way at Frankford Avenue and Decatur Street, and neighbors took to the streets outside the building and held community meetings in protest.

"It's a great day for Mayfair and Holmesburg," said state Rep. Kevin Boyle, one of the politicians who led the charge. "Now I call on the Healing Way to end their threat of ever putting a methadone clinic on Frankford Avenue."

But Carl Primavera, the attorney representing Healing Way owner Alan Yanovsky, said Tuesday that the fight wasn't over. He said that although he hadn't been officially notified of the Zoning Board's decision, he expects to appeal it.

"It's a civil-rights issue at the end of the day," he said, adding that he sees the case eventually reaching federal court. "Just because it's unpopular doesn't mean we as a society don't need it or it's not beneficial."

Contact Morgan Zalot at 215-854-5928 or zalotm@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter @morganzalot. Read her blog, PhillyConfidential.com.

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