Lehigh Valley

West Easton council gets earful over proposed treatment center

Residents aren't thrilled at the prospect.

WEST EASTON, Pa. - In West Easton Monday night the borough council heard resident reaction to a controversial proposal to build a drug and alcohol treatment center.

The council is considering a proposal from a developer to turn part of a mill property into a 176-bed in-patient treatment center.

Many residents came to the meeting to oppose the project.

Mayor Dan DePaul says the idea for the treatment center has been tossed around since 2013.

When an ordinance was passed that amended zoning laws to make such a facility possible.

The council will make a decision within the next 45 days.

The developer says the center is needed to help people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction in the Lehigh Valley rather than forcing them to go elsewhere for treatment.

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