Proposed South St. Louis Opioid Treatment Center Faces Opposition

"Because it's for-profit, because of the location. We would be happy if they would move somewhere else."

Brett Blume
July 18, 2018 - 11:52 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -  Residents in the Bevo neighborhood are rallying against the proposed establishment of an opioid treatment center there.

Colonial Management Group has announced plans to open the New Season medication-assisted treatment center in an empty former bank building at 4612 Gravois.

"The community does not want that," insists Gwen Murray, with the Better Bevo Now Neighborhood Association. "Because it's for-profit, because of the location. We would be happy if they would move somewhere else."

She says the concern about CMG being for-profit is that it raises questions about whether their motivations are financial or "altruistic," as she puts it.

Murray adds that their research shows the presence of such a clinic can have a negative impact on surrounding property values.

Better Bevo Now and the Bevo Community Improvement District have been working to renovate empty storefronts and have managed to bring in six new restaurants in the past year.

"Which is a lot of progress, that is great," Murray says. "However, we're afraid that the empty properties around this 4612 Gravois will remain vacant if Colonial Management Group moves in there."

She says they've searched for -- and located -- several other possible locations in south city for a treatment center, but it's unclear whether CMG is willing to consider those over the Gravois location.

Volunteers will fan out across the Bevo neighborhood conducting a door-to-door canvass to collect signatures against the proposed threatment center.

"We just don't like them and we don't want them there," Murray adds succintly.