LEWISTON — City officials will begin gathering information on a proposed Mollison Way methadone clinic next week.
Community Substance Abuse Centers of Quincy, Mass., filed an application with the city Wednesday morning to open the clinic at 18 Mollison Way.
The city has scheduled a joint City Council-Planning Board workshop meeting to review the proposal at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, in City Council Chambers.
"This is just an opportunity for both groups to look at the project and get familiar," City Administrator Ed Barrett said. "It's not going to supplant any part of the formal process. I don't even think we'll get to review the specific location Tuesday. We'll look more at the company and what their programs are."
The company is proposing to build Lewiston's first methadone substance-abuse treatment facility near the Sparetime Recreation bowling alley.
Methadone is used to treat addiction to opioid drugs, such as heroin and OxyContin. The company operates 11 clinics in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and a 12th at 2300 Congress St. in Portland.
Lewiston's methadone clinic rules require substance-abuse treatment centers to get business licenses from the city. Licenses must be approved and reviewed annually by the City Council. The city's ordinance allows substance-abuse treatment centers to be built as long as they are a minimum of 1,000 feet from churches, schools, parks and day cares.
"They have a minimum of three formal meetings — one with the Planning Board and two with the council," Barrett said.
If approved, the company plans to open the clinic late this summer or in the fall.