Company behind planned methadone clinic looking at other parts of Tri-Cities

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Instead of pursuing plans to build a new methadone clinic in Johnson City, Crossroads Treatment Center is now looking at possible locations in other parts of Northeast Tennessee, according to the company’s attorney.

“We’ve decided not to necessarily limit (our search) to Johnson City, but to look in the area of Northeast Tennessee, the Tri-Cities,” attorney John King said. “I’m not at liberty to discuss exactly where they are in this process. I know they have looked at more than one potential site.”

King’s comments came just hours after the company announced a lawsuit settlement with Mountain States Health Alliance. As part of the agreement, Crossroads promised to abandon its plans to build a methadone clinic on a piece of property on Princeton Road currently owned by the health system.

According to the City of Johnson City, there are only 75 pieces of property in the city limits that meet the zoning requirements to permit a methadone clinic. Those properties include locations on Peoples Street, Princeton Road, Wesley Street, Susannah Street, Knob Creek Road, West Market Street, North Roan Street, West State of Franklin Road, Sunset Drive and Unaka Avenue.

Even though Crossroads has expanded its site search to areas outside of Johnson City, King says he does not know if the company has made any decisions as to a specific site.

“I think they’re going to be going forward with the idea they want to get another site under contract as soon as possible,” he said.

According to King, Crossroads will likely have to file a new Certificate of Need application when it decides on its new location.

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