Allentown Mental Health, Substance Abuse Center Facing Opposition | Business Local

But that’s not what the opponents are focused on. They are concerned about the opioid and cocaine addicts, who make up 26% and 13% of substance abuse patients, respectively. And while Horizon maintains it doesn’t provide methadone and doesn’t open those kinds of clinics, those are the customers neighbors are most concerned about.

“The fact is, that’s a big part of it,” said Jonathan L. White, an Allentown resident. “I’d argue it’s still a drug treatment center. We haven’t seen any numbers that it isn’t, nor have we seen numbers that would show it wouldn’t grow over time.”

Matthew Moscati, who lives down the street in Delaware with his wife and three children ages 12 and under, said such a facility contradicts everything he and his family admire about Allentown, and why they chose to live there. live.

“People are increasingly returning to the city as not just singles and empty nesters, but also to raise families,” said Moscati, the CEO of TRM Architects, whose office is a block away. “This proposed location is at odds with that.”

One of its biggest opponents is Benderson Development Co., which has buildings on both sides of 600 Delaware — including the Residence Inn by Marriott, the offices at 570 and 584 Delaware, and two parking lots. Between those buildings, the company has 350 employees.

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