BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Buffalo Common Council is taking a stand against a proposed methadone clinic, which would be located inside Hispanics United of Buffalo’s building at 254 Virginia Street on the city’s lower west side.
Councilman David Franczyk is questioning whether HUB violated any state or federal laws, by not telling the city or people who live in the neighborhood about the plan for this clinic, or having a public comment period.
The treatment center would serve up to 200 recovering drug addicts every week.
Franczyk has written a resolution, which was adopted Friday. It says the Common Council does not support a methadone clinic at the Virginia Street location; asks HUB to immediately put a moratorium on the plan; asks the Buffalo Police Department for its opinion, on how a methadone clinic on Virginia Street would impact officers’ ability to keep the neighborhood safe from crime; and directs the city’s law department to find out if any city, state, or federal laws give the Common Council authority over where methadone clinics can be established.
“We want to know, why did you spring this on us without talking to us and looking at alternatives that aren’t near schools, and aren’t near residential neighborhoods? Because you need our input. And I think the message got through to HUB,” Franczyk told News 4 on Wednesday evening, after attending a meeting between HUB and the neighbors.
“Maybe they think they just can go to the feds or go to the state, and they don’t need our approval. But that’s what I need to know, have an answer from our city law department to know what the true answer is,” he said.
Franczyk’s resolution also directs HUB to tell City Hall, the VETTE Block Club, Allentown Association and the West Village Association, if it comes up with a different location for the clinic, either in a hospital or clinical setting, or outside a residential neighborhood.
A New York City-based spokesman for HUB told News 4 Friday the organization had “no comment.”