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Updated: Warren Sanitary District withdraws approval in light of methadone proposal – Daniel Dunkle – Rockland – Camden – Knox – The Herald Gazette

Updated: Warren Sanitary District withdraws approval in light of methadone proposal – Daniel Dunkle – Rockland – Camden – Knox – The Herald Gazette.

Updated: Warren Sanitary District withdraws approval in light of methadone proposal

Officials cite ‘erroneous or incomplete information’

By Daniel Dunkle | Nov 18, 2010

(Photo by: Daniel Dunkle) This former elementary school in Warren may soon be home to a methadone clinic.

Warren — The Warren Sanitary District issued a letter Nov. 18 withdrawing approval of the site plan for business offices at the former elementary school in light of new information that the project is really a methadone clinic.

“In regards to the proposed project at the town-owned building on School Street, the Sanitary District’s prior approval was based on erroneous or incomplete information,” Warren Sanitary District Executive Director Edmund LaFlamme wrote in the letter addressed to Planning Board Chairman Peter Krakoff.

“The developer represented that the building was going to be used for professional offices similar to a real estate office,” LaFlamme continued. “We now understand that a methadone clinic is proposed for the building.”

The methadone clinic has been proposed at the former school, sometimes called the “old brick school” at 44 School St. next to the Warren Baptist Church.

Vixen Land Holdings LLC has a purchase-and-sale agreement on the building, according to Town Manager Grant Watmough, and the company has been represented at a planning board meeting and in negotiations with selectmen by local businessman Bob Emery.

The Warren Planning Board voted unanimously Nov. 4 to approve a site plan for professional and business offices in the school building.

However, Krakoff said Nov. 17 that a methadone clinic was never discussed during the planning board meeting in which the school was approved for business offices.

“From a wastewater treatment perspective, any type of medical office/clinic presents a very different use,” LaFlamme wrote in his letter. “Under the Sanitary District’s rules and regulations, any use with the potential for any type of medical waste may require engineering review and pre-treatment.”

“With this in mind,” he continued, “the Sanitary District must respectfully rescind its prior approval of the use of this building. The Sanitary District will certainly reconsider its decision in the event it receives accurate information concerning the proposed use for the building and subject to the findings and conclusions of any necessary engineering review of that use.”

LaFlamme had previously signed the site plan review application filed by Vixen Land Holdings, LLC concerning the former school building. In the application submitted to the town, Vixen listed the title of its proposed development as “rental office units, former school.” The company listed “business and professional offices” as the proposed use of the property.

While Krakoff contends that a methadone clinic does not meet the definition of business and professional offices, town Code Enforcement Officer Bill O’Donnell has said a clinic is legally allowed under the land use ordinance.

On Oct. 7, LaFlamme and three other town officials signed off on the site plan review application. The others were Fire Chief Edward Grinnell, Road Commissioner Grant Watmough and O’Donnell.

A meeting has been scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday at the Masonic Hall in Warren for “citizens concerned about the methadone clinic and opposed to secrecy in government.”

 

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