PHILADELPHIA, PA 19149
July 19, 2011
Dr. Eli Avila, MD
Secretary, PA Department of Health
8th Floor West
625 Forster Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Re: The Healing Way Inc 7900 Frankford Ave
Dear Secretary Avila:
This letter is submitted to you on behalf of the Mayfair Community Development Corporation. Our community would like it publicly stated that we are against the above referenced Methadone clinic. The MCDC was formed in 1999 since then we have worked hard in rehabilitating and selling 23 homes. Eight were multi family converted back to single family. Eleven were sold to single parents. Six were sold to first time buyers and the one was redeveloped for total handicap accessibility. MCDC has built two mini parks, a community and senior center to name a few. MCDC also responsible for quality of life and greening programs throughout our neighborhood. In our business district we have just completed a Streetscape Program which included stamped sidewalks, median greening, benches, planters, trash cans, banners, decorative lighting, fencing, plants and trees. On top of that we are responsible to maintain these areas through our Clean Sweep program.
At this proposed location along our main business corridor it is surrounded by Seniors and Children. Below many of these places can see the sight from there front doors and the others are no more than 2 blocks away. JH Brown Elementary School, Guppies Childcare Center, Munchkinland Day Care Center, Little Ducklings Day Care Center, Holmesburg Baptist Church and Grade School, India Pentacostal Church, Holmesburg United Methodist Church, Living Waters Ministries, Mount Zion Baptist, Emmanual Episcopal Church, Fountain of Life Church and the Holmesburg branch of the Free Library.
MCDC maintains a strong working relationship with our Business association, Civic association, Town Watch, and our neighboring Civics to preserve the quality of life in our community.Sincerely yours,
Suzann St. Marie
Executive Director Mayfair CDC