Neighboring business drops out of The Healing Place treatment center lawsuit

Updated: Apr. 29, 2019 at 11:08 AM EDT
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - One of two medical facilities that sued over The Healing Place, a controversial planned treatment center on Medical Center Drive, has dismissed all its claims against the City of Wilmington, City Council, New Hanover County, IS Design and Trillium Health Resources.

Delaney at MCD, LLC filed its notice of voluntary dismissal on Friday, leaving Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Inc., as the sole plaintiff in the case.

The two businesses filed a petition for a Writ of Certiorari and judicial review in late March, essentially challenging Wilmington City Council’s approval of a special use permit to construct the treatment center.

That move was met with sharp criticism from members of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners, who along with Trillium proposed the project.

The treatment center – which plans to provide male patients with a stair-step substance abuse recovery program along with a residency component – faced backlash throughout the government review process. Complaints mostly centered around the facility’s proximity to businesses that house narcotics and other medications.

“We are poor in resources when it comes to mental health solutions as well as substance use facilities that provide services to our residents,” New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chair Jonathan Barfield previously said. "Something that could delay people getting the help they need by months or even years and for every death that happens because they couldn’t get treatment, I say shame on them.”

A message to attorneys for Lower Cape Fear Hospice was not immediately returned.

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