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March 5, 2014

Plaistow officials prepare for methadone clinic

Facility slated to open in late spring in Plaistow

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Fitzgerald said he is still frustrated with how Spectrum was allowed to occupy the building at 100 Plaistow Road.

Under a Massachusetts ruling, Spectrum was recognized as an educational corporation. The Dover Amendment, another Massachusetts law, prohibits zoning ordinances from regulating structures which are owned by nonprofit educational corporations.

“We don’t deny that there is a component which is educational,” he said. “We just feel there is a loophole that certainly wasn’t meant to create the logistical issues which it may pose.”

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