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Methadone clinic operator challenges Johnson City's zoning policy in lawsuit

May 30th, 2013 7:47 am by Becky Campbell, NET News Service

The company attempting to open a drug treatment clinic in Johnson City filed a federal lawsuit earlier this month asking a judge to strike down the city’s zoning rules on such a facility and force the city to issue the required permits to allow the clinic.

Tri-Cities Holdings LLC filed the suit April 19, claiming Johnson City’s refusal to grant a permit for the clinic to locate at 4 Wesley Court has caused financial damage and forced opiate-addicted residents to travel unnecessary distances to seek treatment.

The suit also states city officials have refused to meet with TCH owners to discuss “a reasonable accommodation regarding 4 Wesley Court.”

TCH filed a request for a variance from the city’s zoning ordinance requirement to limit operations after 7 a.m. TCH wants to open at 5 a.m. Monday through Saturday to accommodate patients’ work schedules.

Read more at the Johnson City Press.

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