Residents Against Methadone Clinic

July 10, 2014 Updated Jul 10, 2014 at 11:45 PM EDT

By Matt Bove

July 10, 2014 Updated Jul 10, 2014 at 11:45 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) - Residents showed up in full force at tonight's community meeting to discuss the proposed site for a methadone clinic.

The Hispanics United building on Virginia Street is being considered for the clinic, but many believe that a new location should be picked.

Not only does the building sit in a residential neighborhood, it also houses a daycare center and senior citizen center which some say is a big problem.

"We don't want it there," Jonathan White of the Allentown Association said. "It's not that we don't want a program, we want a program, but not there.'

Around 150 people attended tonight's meeting at the Los Tainos Senior Center on Buffalo's West Side.

Most in attendance were against the proposed clinic, but not everyone feels that way.

"(Thinking that) a drug treatment facility is going to bring criminals and needles into a neighborhood is ridiculous," Matthew Leber said. "Heroin addicts drive down property value and people seeking to get off heroin only lowers crime."

Those against the proposed Virginia Street site recommend the clinic be put four blocks away in a medical building, but whether that will be approved remains to be seen.

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