Atiyeh Proposes More Drug Treatment Centers

Two proposals submitted to city planning department; one is across the street from where previous plan had been rejected.


Developer Abraham Atiyeh is a persistent man.

With a to put an inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in a vacant church next to still fresh, he has proposed two new plans to build smaller inpatient rehabilitation clinics, according to this story in The Morning Call.

One of the proposed clinics is across the street from the former , the same building that the Zoning Hearing Board just ruled against being used for that purpose. The $2 million clinic would be built at 2110 Center St. and have 28 beds.

Atiyeh has also proposed putting a $4 million 47-bed clinic at the former flower shop, 2349 Linden St. City Community Development Director Joseph Kelly told The Morning Call the city is not pleased with this location for an inpatient drug clinic either.

The high school, neighbors and City Council vigorously opposed the Calvary Church proposal, saying it was a bad use for a residential neighborhood next to a school.

Both new proposals would again require special exception approvals from the Zoning Hearing Board.

lEE harvey Oswald March 23, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Its been documented that mr Aytiea gives lots to area Judges withing the lehig valley pa. in order to rezone areas for his own best interest, thats why we asked Obama to ban the Aytia's from any further development projects in the valley and pa..This aricle was noted in the ;Nevertheless whos knows if the mayor is involved with any would be donations"( Chacigo,(sp) newspaper. 2010 source)
mike March 23, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Wow. I didn't know there were that many drug addicts in the city. I guess i gotta get out more.
Matt Harper March 23, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Why all the opposition to people wanting to get help? I guess everyone says that's great and all as long as its not next door to us. How sad people are not generally forced to go to rehab. How many "head shops" does the city let operate? Quite a few. Hypocrites.
Concerned citizen March 23, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I don't believe it is an issue of people not wanting to get help but rather the safety and concerns for a neighborhood. There is a reason for zoning laws and Mr Atiyeh continues to buy properties that are not zoned for what he wants and then wants "special exemptions". Children walk to school in these neighborhoods as Bethlehem does not bus unless you live over 1.5 miles away; how safe is that?
mike March 23, 2012 at 03:56 PM
How many "head shops" does the city let operate? and where exactly are they at? cant say that I've seen any lately.And how many of these people actually want to get help or are being forced to get help to keep their job or stay out of jail? I have no problem with the concept. Just buy some property that is already zoned for that and open it there.
teri March 23, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Mr. Atiyeh cetaininly has quite an imagination, however, he's trying to fit square pegs into round holes. There has to be some rhyme or reason to putting a drug tretment center in a certain place, not just the fact that Mr. Atiyeh has randomly bought the property and now wants to set some random idea in place there. Threre must be tons of land outside city proper with enough space to let Mr. Atiyeh build what he wants, but away from the close packed residental neighborhoods he is presenting. Where does Mr. Atiyeh live, perhaps there is a parcel of land there that better suits.
Jimmy March 23, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Please do not post if spelling and puncuation are incorrect. Thank you.


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