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Peekskill Methadone Clinic Approved by Planning Commission

The clinic, to move into an Industrial area, will serve about 280 people daily.

An Elmsford based drug rehabilitation company, The Renaissance Project, is working to combine the  current methadone maintenance center and the Renaissance Project's outpatient therapy program currently run out of Peekskill's , into the one location at 3 Corporate Drive in Peekskill. The new location will become the only methadone treatment center in Northern Westchester, according to Renaissance Project CEO Wiliam Magwood.

The Peekskill Planning Commission gave Magwood final site plan approval for the location during Tuesday night’s council meeting.

The center, funded by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, will administer methadone treatments to about 250 patients daily and provide group therapy sessions for those and another 30 patients who currently go to therapy at Jan Peek. The center would also help with job searches and give medical examinations when required, Magwood said. About 15 staff members from Jan Peek and the HVHC, where their programs have been running for decades, would move over to the Renaissance Project. The state and county requested Renaissance to combine the two programs, Magwood said.

“Our intent is to keep the current staff together so their expertise and relationships already in place stay in tact,” Magwood said, adding that the current staff already knows all the rules and regulations.  

The plan to convert 3 Corporate Drive, an 8,000 square foot building located in one of Peekskill’s General Industrial Districts that has sat empty for more than 12 years, first came to the Planning Commission in February.

Most construction will be done to the interior of the building, but the company will also do some landscaping, add parking, a bike rack and a public walking path behind the property.

The center will dispense drugs through the program from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. and then therapy sessions are available until the center will close at 7 p.m., Magwood said.

“About half of our patients are employed so they come in early before work,” Magwood said.

“To us it was out of the way,” Magwood said of his decision to move to Corporate Drive. “We didn’t want to be in middle of residential or business areas. We wanted to be somewhere where we can get clients in and out without disturbing the community.”

Magwood has worked with the planning department and local police to ensure the proper security will be in place-there will be methadone stored in safes on location. They plan to hire two security guards to work during operating hours and will have electronic security functioning during on and off hours.

“We’ve worked with applicant, required them to sit down with police chief to coordinate activities, they have a contract with a private biomedical waste (company, for disposal), and they are licensed by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse,” said Director of City Planning Anthony Ruggiero.

Magwood will now issue a request for a proposal, file for the building permit, and select a bid based on state laws. He hopes to open the new center in the next six months.

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What do you think of the plan to combine the methadone maintenance program and therpay clinic in one location on Corporate Drive?  

john June 14, 2012 at 12:55 AM
just what peekskill needs.
Patty Villanova June 14, 2012 at 01:54 AM
This is why the corrupto-crats who have been running Peekskill for generations do not want regular retail and small businesses in the City. Drug rehabs like this one bring in millions of dollars from government contracts to service the poor, the drug addicts, the homeless, etc. Small business simply cannot compete. So you have poverty pimps like a certain "reverend" who make a living from these misfortunates, and who have a vested interest in seeing to it that Peekskill remains the low income capital of Northern Westchester. Now they will be importing drug addicts into town in every greater numbers on the outskirts of where most of them probably scored to begin with. They go out of their way to promote something like this, yet they won't let an artist open up a tattoo parlor for fear of bringing down the neighborhood. What a sick joke.
Beach Girl June 14, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Im all for second chances , But enough is enough already Maybe this need to be put next door to mayor Fosters house !!!!
Tmaff June 14, 2012 at 03:26 AM
I agree with the above comments....so much worry about a tattoo artist opening up shop in town, but all the methadone people passing through?? I also believe in second chances, but its funny how government money is worth more than the average guy trying to make a living. ""money talks!!""
Jim Pappas June 14, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Across the street from the indoor skate park? Sheer stupidity!
FYI June 14, 2012 at 03:43 AM
So, one wonders, budget-wise, did this "new business" to bring outsiders to Peekskill fall under the "cultural heritage tourism" fund, or the "retail tourism" fund or the City Manager's slush fund? And, Mr. Pappas, are you insinuating that young, impressionable skate-boarding youth might be tempted if dealers are attracted to the area? How could this be so in a "industrial" setting? I'm sure that the idea of making money had nothing to do with this project for anyone involved. Clearly, this is all win-win for the City.
jo June 14, 2012 at 11:27 AM
ykies... time to seriously think about getting out of Dodge.. Yorktown starting to look real good
expose the truth June 14, 2012 at 05:38 PM
you know its bad if you think yorktown is an option!!!
leesther brown June 14, 2012 at 05:54 PM
They need to put it down on John Walsh Blvd,or even better on the old Karta Property
Walden Macnair June 14, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Jo, that's not a bad idea. Put the meth clinic in Yorktown where those folks don't want Costco.
FYI June 14, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Wonder if we'll see this touted as a great new business in the next City mailer or glossy campaign brochures come election time under the tired "We Got It Done" slogan. Despite the "industrial" location, did the residents of Dunbar receive their certified mailers alerting them to this project behind their homes so that they might come and voice their opinions about it? Was there ever any real discussion by the Planning Committee about dealers who might frequent the area to lure the easy pickings of the weaker willed patients? And what about a general plan for the City's business future? We spend years debating a tattoo artist, but four months for a methadone clinic? No tattoos near a school or church, but a methadone clinic near a skating park? What other businesses will want to invest in space on Corporate Drive after the clinic settles in? Just like every panaderia, dollar store and remittance business, there is no plan for Peekskill except to take the first offer to fill a hole, constituents and taxpayers be damned. And all this after spending tens of thousands for a retail specialist to cite the negative public perception of Peekskill being "unsafe" as a reason that no one wants to come here.
jo June 14, 2012 at 06:45 PM
cute.. I don't Cosco either.. perhaps I should go north..oh brother.. LOL
robert pidgeon June 14, 2012 at 07:45 PM
dont forget the daucare center up off dogwood rd. plus housing values will drop more than they are now. 2 resturants will suffer also. what the hell is peeksill thinking? move it down by the river and the shelter or is that too close to their pride n joy the rivrfront.
john June 15, 2012 at 12:10 AM
peekskill had one years ago on main st. near peekskill hardware. just another slap to the city in a long history. like building bowman towers.
leesther brown June 15, 2012 at 05:36 PM
John do you know why "BOHLMANN" was originally built and for whom?! No I don't think you do!
jo June 15, 2012 at 06:00 PM
anyway we can fight this...
peekskillman June 15, 2012 at 06:08 PM
the City has spent months debating allowing a tattoo parlor, in the artist district, which will affect one on an individual basis (the tattooee, if this is a word) Yet a methadone clinic, which will service over 250 a day, along with traffic, potential criminal activity, and the stigma of "stick it in Peekskill", was practically rubber stamped. Were the residents of Dunbar and Highland park ever notified? Or was the legal notice in micro-print in the papers? How much more "undesirable" elements are going to inhabit our city before the administration says enough?? Pls, Council, do what you must to stop this
john June 15, 2012 at 08:35 PM
i do lester i do. for exactly the kind of undesirable element that will now flock to get their taxpayer provided fix at the clinic. cheers!
robert pidgeon June 15, 2012 at 11:36 PM
they were touted as the only luxuary apts on the hudson when they were built
Elena Walker June 22, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Okay just another way to improve the look of downtown Peekskill. This is beyond stupid. See what we get when as citizens we become too lazy to go and vote. Just remember your voice can only be heard if you all go out and make it heard. Trust in the system is only good when the Politicians earn it not when they take advantage of it. Here we go another reason that makes Peekskill the place to visit but not to live in.
Eileen Lawter June 28, 2012 at 10:56 AM
Just to speak my own mind, I am reading a lot of opinions here from people I would not necessarily want as my neighbors, and yet, here we all are. I have never been one to say "Yes, sure we need that, but NOT in my neighborhhood!" Why not my neighborhood? I'd rather people (yes - people) were getting help instead of being jailed. Getting help, last time I checked is NOT a crime. Anyone who commits a crime should be dealt with properly. I'm ashamed that so many of my neighbors are only interested in themselves. I for one am grateful that Peekskill is adding to the help of my neighbors and I support that. I hope that the negativity and fear I read in many of these comments can somehow be addressed and that folks needing this help won't be badly affected by this hatred and fear. My family has had help from the government and have geatly benefited from affordable housing - Bohlmann Towers being one of them. If any of us needed to get help at a methadone clinic, I'd like to think we could count on that too.
Gary Eugene July 30, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Seriously - you people are uneducated, ruthless, cold and down right mean. These people had a problem and are getting help. If they wanted drugs, or to commit crimes, they wouldn't be seeking help and trying to treat their addiction. At a time when addiction to opiates and PRESCRIPTION pain killers are on the rise - we need these types of safe, secure and medically supervised treatments. I seriously hope no one you know, in your family, or god forbid you ever have an addiction problem because you would treat them, or even yourself, as the scum of the earth. Read a book, pick up a publication and look outside (or in the mirror) - this is a real problem affecting kids, young adults and grown men and women in OUR communities and this is a place that will help them. Get over yourself and have a heart. Or don't - just pray nothing like this ever affects you or someone you love.
W Kelly July 31, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Gary Eugene how dare you say those ignorant uneducated comments. It is a known fact that only 1 out of 10 people that seek help are rehabilitated. There is no help for a heroine addict case closed. Do you happen to commute MNRR to GC cause you attitittude sounds like a jerk I spoke to recently?
jo July 31, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Gary... how about you put it in your backyard... please use your compassion as close to your home as possible...
jo July 31, 2012 at 10:47 AM
our property values are down 30%... this will just add to the spiral down..Hey Mary Foster..how about you put it in your neighborhood...
Wendy Kelly July 31, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Folks doesn't look good businesses/employees of city are running scared. Seems if they oppose City Hall they are going to come down hard on them and put them out of business. My defense is to all those that never responded you are going to loose in the long run, people are going to leave Peekskill your customer base will be nothing. You know who you are if you supported us at least you would have hung your head up high with pride and know you did the right thing. Cheers go out to the many that did support us. You folks are great!
C'MON SHON August 03, 2012 at 06:26 PM
NIMBY-Not In My Backyard. The Mayor is an idiot, Peekskill has so much potential, and I am very proud to be from there. It can be like Irvington/Tarrytown/Hastings etc etc or even the next White Plains if it really wanted too. But it will be like Mt. Vernon if they keep building hese kinds of places. O and I am all for gentrification!
jo August 03, 2012 at 06:57 PM
I am with you Shon.. but I get the feeling we are swimming against the tide..I due believe Peekskill is on the down slide again. this will be its death nail for sure.. Hopefully I can sell and get out as soon as I cement plans for my future.. a few years off..and that concerns me.. It may be too late to re coop any investment made in my place.. Peekskill's reputation as not being a desirable place to live is about to start all over again..I remember when I moved to Cortlandt in 1978.. neighbors told me to stay out of Peekskill.. one reason I did not buy in Peekskil was that warning I was told the schools were awful.. Da ja vu all over again
Kirsten Berger August 12, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Methadone clinics don't treat the underlying problem that led the the drug abuse in the first place. All it does is help people transition from heroin to methadone. They are still addicted to something. A methadone clinic isn't the same as a rehab clinic. I have nothing against rehab, my brother spent a summer in drug rehab and another 6 months in outpatient care and it got him off everything and it treated the underlying problem as well. But a methadone clinic is just an enabler.
babygirl4912 February 23, 2013 at 01:56 PM
I think its a great place all you people against it are ignorant judgmental low lives urself methadone patients r everyday people just like urself get a grip n get a little more educated on the topic before you speak about it. Because your assumptions are WRONG! "can we fight this" lol u need a life lady!

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