This is part of a series I’ve written, shot video and taken photos for and published to NEast Philly, the hyperlocal news website I own/edit in Northeast Philadelphia.
I got a call today from Pa. Rep. Kevin Boyle’s office informing me Philadelphia’s Zoning Board of Adjustment had revoked an over-the-counter permit for a methadone clinic in Holmesburg, a Northeast Philadelphia neighbor.
It’s not the end of the story, but it’s a milestone in series of reports NEast Philly has done, starting with the news we broke in July 2011.
I got a call just before July 4th from a Holmesburg resident who wanted to know how a methadone clinic was opening in her neighborhood without anyone realizing. I called legislators and the civic association and the story unfolded, eventually making headlines city-wide.
A company had gotten an over-the-counter (legal) permit to open the clinic. The neighborhood was outraged about its proximity to churches and schools and the applicant’s ability to obtain a permit without the civic association or elected officials knowing. The case went to the ZBA in August, and a decision was made today: no permit.
The applicant has vowed to appeal and the neighbors vow to continue their fight.