Lowell methadone clinic faces opposition


LOWELL, Mass. (AP) - A border battle is brewing between Lowell and Chelmsford over a methadone clinic.

The Habit OpCo clinic in downtown Lowell wants to relocate elsewhere in the city to a site near the Chelmsford line.

Opponents say the proposed new location is too close to a residential neighborhood in Chelmsford as well as businesses and houses of worship. They are worried about an increase in traffic and the clientele the clinic caters to.

The Sun reports that Chelmsford's Board of Selectmen has written to the Lowell Zoning Board of Appeals expressing opposition, saying relocating the clinic would create a "hazardous and dangerous situation."

Area business owners say it will drive away customers.

Clinic officials had no comment.

The Lowell board is scheduled to discuss the clinic on Thursday.