The West Oakland alternative wasnt a new site. find thisEldridge said that it was a site Mountain States real estate manager Hank Carr had considered before ultimately declaring Gray Commons Circle as the most suitable location. I think this is a site Mountain States considered initially, Eldridge said.But this is a site that has been on our list from the beginning of this process a few weeks ago. We liked it very much because: Close proximity to the interstate, easy access, already owned by Mountain States and there isnt close residential (housing) to it. Eldridge admitted he was a bit worried since Mountain States had already considered the West Oakland Avenue site during its initial site selection. If Mountain States had decided on the Oakland Avenue property, it wouldve had to withdraw its certificate of need and file a new one, in addition to seeking rezoning. We appreciate the input we have received from the citizens of Gray people who we respect as our neighbors and friends. We are determined, if approved, to use this property in a manner that will be beneficial to the community, Mountain States statement said. The evidence shows, and law enforcement leaders and experts have confirmed, that treatment clinics of this type do not result in the negative impacts about which individuals have expressed concern. We understand these concerns are genuine, and we are determined to ensure this treatment center is a source of pride for the community, as we take steps to help our neighbors and families. We believe this will help improve lives, improve our economy, enhance our prospects for growing our region, and ultimately be something the entire community can support. The proposed opioid addiction treatment clinicis a joint project of East Tennessee State University and Mountain States Health Alliance under a new nonprofit corporation called East Tennessee Healthcare Holdings Inc. Email Zach Vance at zvance@johnsoncitypress.com. Follow Zach Vance on Twitter at @ZachVanceJCP .

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