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State grant will help Niagara Falls methadone clinic expand

NIAGARA FALLS – A methadone clinic operated by Northpointe Council in the Trott Access Center in Niagara Falls will expand and add 10 jobs, thanks to a $150,000 state grant announced Wednesday by State Sen. Robert G. Ortt, R-North Tonawanda.

The funding means the clinic will not move to another site at Sixth Street and Walnut Avenue, which ran into strong opposition from city residents and elected officials despite state and federal approvals.

The grant means the clinic can remain on the first floor at Trott, a building owned by Niagara County at 1001 11th St., but it will be able to increase its space from 3,800 square feet to almost 9,000 square feet. The clinic, which now has about 120 clients, will be able to expand that to 250, thus serving almost all of the roughly 150 heroin and opioid addicts on its waiting list.

In a renovation project expected to be completed next spring, Northpointe will take over space formerly occupied by a daycare center and the county Health Department’s Children with Special Needs program. The latter program will move to the second floor at Trott, and the county has agreed to allocate extra parking spaces for the methadone patients.

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