This open letter is in response to today’s story in the Item about the possibility of a Drug-treatment program opening a location on Exchange Street in the Downtown Lynn Cultural District.
Your opinions are welcome. Please post your short responses in the comments below, or send any long-form responses on this or any other topic by email. Thank you.
Dear Mayor Kennedy,
My wife, Dr. Emilie Miller, and I received the Community Service Award from your office and the honorable Lynn Police Department in October of 2012. I trust you remember us and what we did and endured for the sake of our community, our neighbors, and our home in Central Square.
I am writing to express our opposition of the development of a New Horizons Drug Treatment Center in downtown Lynn:
Here is the reference in the Item:
Your Honor, please consider the following:
- The clinic will be detrimental to the quality of life here in Downtown Lynn.
It will negatively impact any prospect of a lasting economic recovery of Central Square.
- More social service organizations in downtown will make downtown worse.
They not only attract those who genuinely will benefit from assistance but also those that will fail, and those failures will stay and degrade Lynn. Downtown Lynn will become a Skid Row as it happened in LA.
- The burden should not be all Lynn’s.
Lynn has done enough to support the needful community at large and it is time for our neighboring towns to do their part to help others.
- The proposed locations are unsafe.
The proposed location sandwiches the clinic between the two largest segment of residences and the valuable art institutions of Lynn Arts and Raw Arts, the latter being a haven for children seeking stability and safety.
- Central Square is getting better, don’t ruin its progress.
In the 10 years we’ve lived here we’ve seen the square endure and ultimately overcome the Dot-Bomb and the Great Recession. Gulu-Gulu is gone, but now we have Café Moca. Raw Arts expanded. Downtown Bistro left but the more successful Blue Ox arose its place and expanded. We now have Rossetti, R. F. O’Sullivan, we improved the Commuter Rail platform cleanliness, residents volunteer and clean Central Square every year, and there are now business condominiums under the tracks. Central Square has come so far; don’t jeopardize it.
Your Honor, we are confident in saying the residents of Central Square will not allow a Drug Treatment Center without a fight. The residents said yes to the Health Center expansion. We said yes to the Hospice. The drug treatment center is a different issue all together, because it attracts unsafe elements into our neighborhood thereby threatening the safety of our homes and our families. Where the safety of my family is concerned there is no room for compromise. The Dr. and I will work tirelessly with our neighbors to rally them to oppose the New Horizon Drug treatment center and ensure our safety.
We ask for your support in our continued opposition to the Drug Treatment Center in Central Square.
Mr. Mark Miller
Dr. Emilie Miller
Copies were also sent to Representative Brendan Crighton, EDIC Dir. James Cowdell, and Ward 5 Councilor Dianna Chakoutis