If anyone is interested in voicing an opinion about the new methadone clinic on Rt. 35 at the corner of Apple Farm Rd, the Middletown Zoning Board has scheduled a hearing to be held 9-26 at 7pm in the Court Room at Town Hall.
The hearing is the result of local residents who have challenged the facility location, they have appealed the actions of the Zoning Officer in granting a zoning permit and certificate of occupancy to the owners of Middletown Medical and as a result the zoning board has decided to hold a hearing to hear the grievances of the residents that live in the Apple Brook neighborhood, behind the clinic.
Below is the public notice that announces the hearing and provides some details of the complaint:
Printed In: Asbury Park Press, Neptune
Printed On: 2011/09/16
TOWNSHIP OF MIDDLETOWN
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO
ADJOINING PROPERTY OWNERS ZB #2011-023
IN THE MATTER OF: APPLE BROOK NEIGHBORHOOD ALLIANCE
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THE UNDERSIGNED, APPLE BROOK NEIGHBORHOOD ALLIANCE HAS APPEALED THE ACTION OF THE ZONING OFFICER IN GRANTING A ZONING PERMIT AND CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY TO THE OWNERS AND OPERATORS OF PROPERTY LOCATED AT 600 STATE HIGHWAY 35 SO AS TO PERMIT THE USE THEREOF FOR PURPOSES OF A METHADONE CLINIC. APPLICANT SUBMITS THAT THE USE AND PROPERTY IS NON-CONFORMING AND REQUIRES VARIANCES FOR PARKING, DRIVE AND AISLE WIDTH AND SIGN IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION(s) 627, ARTICLE 16 AND ANY AND ALL VARIANCES THAT MIGHT BE DEEMED NECESSARY DURING THE COURSE OF THE HEARING, BY THE ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MIDDLETOWN.
THE PROPERTY WHICH IS THE SUBJECT OF THIS APPEAL IS KNOWN AS 600 STATE HIGHWAY 35, BLOCK 872, LOT(S) 2 WHICH IS WITHIN 200 FEET OF PROPERTY OWNED BY YOU.
THIS APPEAL IS NOW ON THE CALENDAR AND A PUBLIC HEARING HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 26, 2011 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE TOWN HALL MAIN MEETING ROOM, 1 KINGS HIGHWAY, MIDDLETOWN, NEW JERSEY AT WHICH TIME YOU MAY APPEAR IN PERSON, OR BY AN ATTORNEY AND PRESENT ANY OBJECTIONS YOU MAY HAVE TO THE GRANTING OF THIS APPEAL OR EVIDENCE RELATING THERETO. ALL PROPOSED EXHIBITS ARE ON FILE WITH THE ZONING BOARD CLERK AND ARE AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION AT REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS.
THIS NOTICE IS SERVED UPON YOU BY DIRECTION OF THE ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT PURSUANT TO STATUTE.
I received word today from a number of concerned Middletown residents angry at learning that a methadone clinic has opened at the edge of their neighborhood.
The Middletown Medical clinic has been open for approximately 3 weeks distributing methadone to opiate-addicted individuals at the corner of Apple Farm Road and Hwy 35. Local residents are outraged at not being made aware of it and question Township officials excuses about how such a clinic could be allowed to operate at this location.
I’ve been told that when residents recently question Zoning Officer Mary Ann Hanko, she stated that she approved the application for this clinic without knowing fully what it’s true purpose was, she thought it was a health clinic that dealt with pharmaceuticals, I was told. She went ahead herself and approved the application without knowing the true purpose of the clinic and without the approval of anyone within the Township’s governing body!
Supposedly when contacted, Mayor Fiore and others had no clue that this Middletown clinic was distributing methadone to addicts from towns in the surround the area.
It never ceases to amaze me how one hand doesn’t know what the other hand in Middletown is doing.
Neighbors of the clinic are distributing flyers to local residents in Apple Brook, Maguire’s Grove and Twin Brooks developments to warn and inform then of the clinc and urge them to attend Monday night’s Township Committee meeting to voice their concerns over it (below is the text of the flyer)
After thinking about this for a little while, I have to agree with the resident. Even if it is a very small possibility, I wouldn’t want addicts, whether they are in treatment or otherwise, wondering around the neighborhood streets or parking lots of areas businesses waiting for their fix. Who knows what something like that could potentially lead to. Evidently, the Middletown Police department is also concerned about the situation because I was told police presence has increased the area notably.
And what about home values? In this economic climate, when so many homes are empty or for sale waiting for buyers, having this type of clinic in the nearby area will needlessly decrease real-estate value further than what would normally be the case. I mean after all, who in their right mind would want to live near a methadone clinic? Not me, that’s for sure.
APPLE BROOK NEIGHBORHOOD ALLIANCE
This letter is to inform you that at the end of Apple Farm Road (blue and white building) there is now a business named Middletown Medical. This facility is located at the corner of Route 35 and Apple Farm Rd. Middletown Medical is a Methadone Clinic, a treatment center for opiate and heroin dependent people.
The center is run by Pinnacle a company located in Pittsburg, PA. The web site for this facility is http://www.middletownmedical.net; more information about the services they provide can be seen there.
A town hall meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 20th at 8pm at the Municipal Building at 1 Kings Hwy (same parking lot as the Police Dept.).
If you have concerns that a Methadone clinic is in our community, please plan to attend the Town Hall meeting Monday June 20th, 8:00pm.