Amherst Methadone Clinic to Proceed

Amherst Town Board passes resolution; Clinic likely to be grandfathered in

Mike Baggerman
April 24, 2017 - 6:07 pm

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AMHERST, N.Y. (WBEN) - Despite objection from some Amherst residents the Amherst Methadone Clinic is still expected to be erected. 

Only three methadone clinics exist in Western New York and all of the locations are in Buffalo. The intent is to help opioid addicts in their recovery. 

The Amherst Town Board held a special meeting late-Monday afternoon and passed a resolution which called for the creation of a committee to examine zoning of such clinics after members of the public expressed concern over a methadone clinic's creation near a residential neighborhood. 

“We’re setting up a committee to discuss this item and similar uses with the building commissioner, the planning director, and the town attorney,” Supervisor Barry Weinsten said.

Weinstein added that methadone clinic at 910 Millersport Highway will likely be grandfathered into any future legislation that may be passed, meaning the Amherst Methadone Clinic project will likely move forward. 

Many of the public speakers at the meeting were in support of a methadone clinic, but argued with its proximity to a residential neighborhood. One woman said she preferred the clinic to be placed in a business or corporate part of town while also claiming her home value may decrease by 8-17%.

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