Concerns about proposed methadone clinic being heard on state level

If everything is approved, the application lists the opening date as February 2017, with work on the building beginning in November.

GRAY, Tenn. (WJHL)– Concerns about a proposed methadone clinic in the Tri-Cities are being heard on the state level.

East Tennessee State University and Mountain States have plans to open the clinic at the Gray Commons Professional Park just off of Exit 13 on Interstate 26.

A large group of homeowners called “Citizens to Maintain Gray” want to stop the clinic from opening.

News Channel 11 obtained a letter from John Champion of Gray, addressing the proposed methadone clinic.

“The people of Gray believe the proposed location for the ETSU/MSHA clinic was not well thought out and that it should be reconsidered,” said Champion in the letter. “Since New Path has withdrawn its application, the urgency for the ETSU/MSHA submission has been significantly reduced. If Mr. Levine and Dr. Noland (ETSU President) are unwilling to pull their CON, I request the board either turn it down because ofthe unsuitable location or at least send it back for further consideration.”

Right now the proposed site at Gray Commons Professional Park is not zoned to allow a methadone clinic. The Johnson City commission will eventually have to vote on whether or not to approve a re-zoning request that would allow it.

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