Warren to finally consider proposal for methadone clinic

Posted May 21, 2012, at 12:42 p.m.
Last modified May 21, 2012, at 3:26 p.m.

WARREN, Maine — The long stalled proposal for a methadone clinic in Warren will be heard by the town planning board next week.

The planning board has scheduled a meeting for 7 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at the Warren Community School to again hear the request by CRC Health Group for a permit to operate a methadone clinic at 1767 Atlantic Highway, also known as Route 1.

The hearing was scheduled after CRC Health Group’s attorney Walter McKee informed the town that the company has received its permit from the Maine Department of Transportation. The board wanted the DOT entrance permit issued before it would consider voting on the project.

CRC first applied for the clinic from the planning board in the fall of 2010 when the project was slated for the former Warren Primary School. The Board of Selectmen had initially given approval to selling the former school to Robert Emery, who was going to lease the property to CRC.

A storm of protest from the public caused the board to drop the sale plans.

Residents enacted a 180-day moratorium on methadone clinics in March and then approved regulations for such clinics.

CRC sued the town in federal court in May 2011, claiming that its actions as well as efforts to impose new regulations violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The town an CRC reached a settlement in September but that was contingent on the planning board taking action within 90 days of CRC’s latest submission.

The parties have until June 8 to decide whether to dismiss the lawsuit or for the case to be put back on the active docket.

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