JC Commission approves methadone clinic rezoning on third reading

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Johnson City Commissioners passed the third and final reading to rezone the Gray Commons area for the proposed East Tennessee State University/Mountain States Health Alliance methadone clinic in Gray.

Despite opposition from the Citizens to Maintain Gray group, the Johnson City Commission has approved rezoning of property located at 203 Gray Commons Road from a B-5 planned community business to MS-1 for Medical Services.

The issue has been heavily debated over the past few months.

“The citizens to maintain gray will continue to look at this issue to continue to see how we can, how we can influence the situation, you can bet your life we’re going to hold them to what they claim they’re going to say,” Danny Sells of Citizens to Maintain Gray said.

Mayor Stout continues to support the cause.

“I think it’s going to be a successful treatment program I believe in ETSU and Mountain States they have a tremendous reputation in our community as far as doing things right,” Mayor Clayton Stout said.

At tonight’s meeting they also reintroduced a proposal to annex and rezone two small properties to allow for a liquor store in Gray, it passed in second reading. Commissioners will consider the Bank of Tennessee property and an adjacent lot on Bobby Hicks Highway. The two properties are being combined for the commission vote but Bank of Tennessee tells us their request is to acquire city services

If approved in third reading it would allow for the owner of the adjacent property to put a liquor store there.

“We know that residents do drive and they purchase alcoholic beverages in Sullivan County and this will keep this in our home in Washington County,” Gray resident, Leann Bowman said.

The commission said during Thursday night’s meeting that they want to continue public comment at their third reading Oct. 20.


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