Hundreds petition for halt to Fairmount drug treatment center plan

More than 900 people have signed an online petition urging the city to pause a plan to operate a drug treatment center on Girard Avenue in Fairmount.

“The lack of community engagement in this process is alarming,” wrote the petition’s author, Bradley Meyer. “We believe that our voices should be heard before such significant decisions are made about our neighborhood’s future.”

The petition comes in response to a report in the Inquirer earlier this month that the city was working to open a “triage center” for drug users experiencing homelessness on a state-owned property at 2100 W. Girard, which already houses a city-run homeless shelter.

Mayor Cherelle Parker has proposed spending $100 million to create a network of triage centers as the city seeks to shut down Kensington’s decades-old open-air drug market, while providing drug treatment and housing for hundreds of users experiencing homelessness in the neighborhood.

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