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South Utica methadone clinic scrapped

Frank Przybycien, of Irving Place, in south Utica, couldn't believe what was being planned for a building at the end of his street.

Posted: Jun 12, 2018 6:11 PM
Updated: Jun 13, 2018 9:35 AM

Frank Przybycien, of Irving Place in south Utica, couldn't believe what was being planned for a building at the end of his street.

"We were first stunned that there was an application. We heard about that last Tuesday," said Przybycien. "At any time we have between 10 and 20 kids playing here after school and they're in the street and in the sidewalk."

What was planned was an extension of Beacon Center, which offers outpatient treatment for substance abuse. The plan was for the center, at the corner of Genesee Street and Irving Place, to offer methadone as one form of treatment.

Beacon had applied for a special use permit to be able to do this. Neighbors on Irving Place rallied on Facebook. They shared their concerns with their 3rd District councilperson, Bob DeSanctis, who also happened to be a representative of the building owner.

"With the neighborhood, with the children, nobody wants this type of operation in their backyard and really, we agree. We agreed, and decided to withdraw. Not allow them to become our tenant," said DeSanctis.

Utica city officials confirm Beacon has withdrawn their application for a special use permit for the building. The issue is no longer on the Zoning Board's agenda Tuesday night.

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