Northpointe Council plans to expand its existing methadone clinic in Niagara Falls, according to an announcement Thursday from Niagara County, which owns the building.
The County Legislature decided Tuesday to hold a June 20 public hearing and vote on a 20-year lease for Northpointe on additional space in the Trott Access Center, 1001 11th St.
Faced with increasing demand because of the opioid addiction crisis, Northpointe had been planning to move the clinic, located at Trott for 30 years, because of a lack of space. The idea faced opposition from residents near the proposed new site on Sixth Street. The Niagara Falls City Council last summer passed a resolution opposing the move.
The deal calls for Northpointe to lease an additional 5,300 square feet at Trott, nearly doubling the clinic's size, while the county spends $50,000 and the state pays $100,000 toward the estimated $200,000 renovation cost. Northpointe's rent will be $122,811 per year.