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Holmesburg Civic Association, Council Members Outraged By Controversial Clinic Expected To Open Soon

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Several notices in the window of 7900 Frankford Avenue don't specify what kind of medical facility is expected to open soon.

Eyewitness News learned the tenants at that location have applied for a license with the state to operate a narcotic treatment services. The Holmesburg Civic Association, City Council member Joan Krajewski, and State Rep. Kevin Boyle have all expressed outrage.

"We don't believe this would be an attraction to the Frankford Avenue business corridor," said Rep. Boyle.

The location, at the corner of Frankford and Decatur avenues, is near a child care center, a dance studio for kids and a church.

"Everybody asks, why didn't you ask if this was going to be a drug facility," said Dennis Kulp.

Kulp is the owner of the building. He says in March he leased part of the building to a group called THW or The Healing Way. When Eyewitness News checked with the state health department, it confirmed that the same group wishes to obtain a license to provide narcotic treatment services.

When Dennis found this out, he wrote a letter to the health department opposing any drug treatment clinic. He says he tried to reach the attorney representing the Healing Way Group but he can't get a response. He now wants to terminate the leasing agreement.

The attorneys representing the tenants didn't return our email or phone calls. Meanwhile, Holmesburg Civic Association is planning a protest Tuesday night at 5:30, in front of 7900 Frankford Avenue.

Reported by Jericka Duncan, CBS 3

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