Efforts to obtain a license to permit the operation of an Outpatient Chemical Dependence Treatment Service at 2800 Bruckner Boulevard in Throggs Neck may have hit a wall.
On Wednesday, October 16 the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse denied the application by Miracle City Services, LLC, to be a certified substance use disorder provider.
According to the agency’s letter, “the proposed application is denied based on the information submitted and additional documentation reviewed which demonstrates that the certification application contains several contradictions and inconsistencies the severity of which bring into question the legitimacy of the submission and character and competancy of the applicant.”
OASAS was concerned that the application suggested “that Miracle City Services, LLC was formed simply to conceal the identities of the actual principals.” There was also a discrepancy in the applicant’s reported office location.
The OASAS letter further states that four entities listed on the application “are all currently being sued for allegedly conspiring among associated companies and associates to defraud real estate investors.”
Miracle City Services, LLC has until October 28, 2019 to disagree with the determination and submit an administrative appeal.
The Bronx Times tried to reach Marco Bassini, one of the listed owners of 2800 Bruckner Boulevard, along with James Perrota, at a Westchester number listed on a Throggs Neck Merchants Association membership application, but was told it was a wrong number.
Meanwhile, the area’s elected officials fired off letters to OASAS questioning Miracle City Service, LLC’s qualifications to operate a drug treatment counselling facility.
Assemblyman Michael Benedetto and Councilman Mark Gjonaj sent a joint opposition letter, followed by State Senator Alessandra Biaggi and then Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as community activist Egidio Sementelli promoted a series of Saturday protests in front of the building to ramp up the pressure.
The facility’s opponents were concerned with the site’s close proximity to These Our Treasure, a special needs school, and M.S. 304 and J.H.S. 101. Benedetto introduced legislation that would prohibit the siting of a drug treatment facility within 500 feet of a school, church or park.