Methadone Clinic moves to Newhallville
By Thomas Breen, Independent of New Haven
January 11, 2022
Marcus Pearson of Elizabeth Street at 794 Dixwell: Methadone Clinic relocation is “a good idea” for neighbors in need of treatment.
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A methadone clinic and nonprofit health care company plan to move from Long Wharf to Newhallville after purchasing a former middle school building on Dixwell Avenue for $ 2.45 million.
This is one of the latest local real estate transactions in the city as recorded in the New Haven Land Registry database. (The full list of transactions appears later in this story.)
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December 14th APT Foundation Inc. bought the two story brick school building on Dixwell Ave. 794 – along with eight smaller adjoining lots with parking lots on Dixwell Avenue, Elizabeth Street, and Cherry Ann Street – from Elm City College Preparatory Inc. for $ 2.45 million.
The City of New Haven and the City of Hamden (the lots in question are on the parish line with the former school building on the New Haven side) last valued these nine lots at a total of $ 8,338,600.
The school building, built in 1931, last housed half of the Elm City College Preparatory Middle School. The Achievement First Network Charter School moved to Fair Haven The board voted in 2019 to save money, sell the Newhallville building, and consolidate the seventh and eighth graders with the rest of the school’s K-6 students on James Street.
Lynn Madden, president and CEO of the APT Foundation, told the Independent in a recent telephone interview that her nonprofit – which specializes in treating people with opioids, alcohol and other substances – is planning to expand its outpatient medical services and administrative offices to move from their currently rented premises to 1 Long Wharf Dr. to 794 Dixwell Ave.
Moving from rented premises to a building owned by the APT Foundation will be “a lot cheaper and more patient-friendly because we can design” [the space] to meet our patient care needs, “said Madden.
“Moving out of 1 Long Wharf is part of our long-term strategic plan to truly own what we use for patient care.” She said APT was “looking for real estate”. [to buy] in New Haven for several years. “
The property sale and proposed move mean the APT Foundation will move an outpatient methadone clinic currently treating 395 patients with opioid use disorders from Long Wharf to Newhallville.
Methadone is an “opioid agonist” approved by the state for the treatment of people who are addicted to heroin and other similar drugs and “reduces craving and withdrawal from opioids and makes opioids less effective or less effective”. according to the Federal Drug Abuse and Mental Health Agency. The APT Foundation has been running a long-term –and controversial– Methadone Clinic on Congress Avenue in the Hill.
“We have a primary care unit that would provide all of your typical medical services,” said Madden of the types of services the APT Foundation plans to move to 794 Dixwell.
This includes checking for a sore throat or doing a physical exam; Provision of “Medicines for Opioid Use Disorders”; Providing medication for psychiatric illness; and in some cases “intensive outpatient services” where a patient would spend up to nine hours per week on site. She said 794 Dixwell Ave. will not offer inpatient medical services.
“Small numbers of people receiving methadone” will be moved to the new location in Newhallville, Madden said, referring to the 395 patients currently receiving methadone at 1 Long Wharf Dr.
It is “by far our smallest methadone treatment program,” she said, which accounts for about a third of the number of methadone patients treated at the Congress Avenue site.
Madden also said the 395 methadone patients whose care is being relocated from Long Wharf to Newhallville “we believe are the most stable patients” treated by APT, as opposed to those treated at the Hill site who typically are treated by APT. news [methadone] Patients. “She added that 292 of these 395 patients only come to the APT Foundation for treatment once a month.
Overall, she said, the 1 Long Wharf site looks like Dr. the APT Foundation as a whole – not just the methadone treatment program – currently has about 100 patients per day. “Many of our services are walk-in services,” she said. “We hope we’ll see the same people” when the clinic moves to 794 Dixwell, Newhallville.
Madden said the APT Foundation plans to undertake “significant renovations” of the newly acquired Dixwell Avenue property to convert it into a medical supply and office building. She said APT plans to conduct a site map review in front of the City Planning Commission in February of the proposed renovation, which should not include the demolition of any part of the existing structure. “We mainly work with what exists,” she said.
When the transition is complete, approximately 80 employees – including clinical providers and the entire APT central administration team – will move to the new location in Newhallville.
Neighborhood treatment required
Madden was asked how the APT Foundation wants to be a good neighbor for the surrounding Newhallville community, given the intense impact a methadone clinic can have on a neighborhood.
Hill neighbors have criticized the APT Foundation in recent years for allowing loitering, substance abuse, and dangerous and illegal activity off its premises on Congress Avenue. APT responded by increasing security at this Hill site and arguing for the importance of supporting drug treatment programs as an opioid epidemic ravages the country.
“The city urgently needs these services,” said Madden of the methadone clinic’s move to Newhallville.
She said the APT Foundation has offered this type of treatment for more than 50 years. “Virtually all of the people who regularly attend services at 1 Long Wharf are residents of or near New Haven,” she said.
“We strive to provide people with safe, evidence-based treatment and we have done so at all of our locations.”
She added that the people receiving treatment are generally not the biggest problems for a neighborhood. “Often times, people who have difficulties in the community could not be treated.”
Elizabeth Street resident Marcus Pearson welcomed the news that a methadone clinic has moved to the neighborhood.
“I think that’s a good idea,” he said as he walked down the block towards Dixwell Avenue near the abandoned former school building. “There are definitely a lot of people here with drugs” and addiction problems, he said.
It’s not just unique to Newhallville, he added. “You see it all over New Haven.” He said having a treatment facility that helps people overcome opioid addiction is a plus.
Pearson said that Elizabeth Street has long been a good place to live. “This is a good road,” he said. He said that many of the block’s residents own their own homes, which gives it a sense of stability and neighborhood cohesion.
Newhallville Alder Devin Avshalom-Smith, who represents the ward to which 794 Dixwell Ave. Heard told the Independent that it did not have enough information about the APT Foundation’s proposed move to make an overly detailed comment.
He said the phone call and request for comment from the independent was the first time he heard of APT’s plans to acquire and move land. (In fact, during her telephone interview with this reporter, Madden told the Independent that “we haven’t really done too much” community work in Newhallville about APT’s plans. She said her organization had a “preliminary talk” planned with the city map department, to talk about the renovation project before doing the site plan review.)
“I look forward to working with you,” said Avshalom-Smith of the APT Foundations. “Tons of people [in the neighborhood] need treatment for substance abuse. It is a service that must be provided. But I find it difficult to say anything [else about APT’s plans]have no further information. “
The state and the country have seen a sharp rise in opioid overdoses and deaths since the Covid-19 pandemic began .
Despite that surge, Madden told the Independent, the APT Foundation has not seen an increase in patient counts since Covid-19 began.
“From what we can tell, our patients and staff are doing really well,” she said, despite the challenges of continuing to come to work and receive treatment during a global pandemic.
She said the APT Foundation focused during this time on educating its patients about the dangers of fentanyl, distributing reverse overdose treatments like naloxone, providing masks, and providing Covid-19 vaccinations (the APT Foundation has a vaccination mandate for their Employees) and to “pay close attention to the vulnerability of our patients and our employees”.
Summary of recent property sales
In other recent local real estate transactions:
• On December 10, downtown biopharmaceutical company Biohaven purchased the Quinnipiack Club building at 221 Church St. and an adjacent parking lot at 208 Orange St. from 221 Church Street LLC of Chalres Noble III for 4.1 million U.S. dollar. The Church Street property was last sold for $ 1,940,000 in 2010, and the city has valued the two lots at a total of $ 5,736,700. click here for a full story on this sale.
• On November 30, the Quincy, Massachusetts-based holding company HIPCF I New Haven LLC, which is controlled by The Grossman Companies, purchased the single-story medical office building at 137 Water St. from Michael Santoro’s Phoenix Realty Development LLC for $ 4.3 million Dollar. The property was last sold for $ 970,000 in 2008, and the city last valued the property at $ 3,275,300.
• On December 18, a Torrington-based company called O&G Industries Inc., controlled by Gregory Oneglia, Kenneth Merz, and David Oneglia, purchased the single-story industrial building at 424 Grand Ave. from Robert Feckes Reclamation Realty LLC for $ 2,175,000. The property was last sold for $ 230,000 in 2003, and the city last valued it at $ 972,700.
• Ocean Management partners donated $ 740,000 to purchase a four-family home at 220 Fitch St., a single-family home at 210 Fitch St., a single-family home at 202 Fitch St., and vacant lot at 216 Fitch St. Brian from treasure. The city last valued these four properties at a total of $ 732,000.
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