Neighbors in the Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill historic district gathered to protest the potential opening of yet another drug treatment facility in Harlem. According to officials 13 of the 29 methadone clinics in Manhattan are located in Harlem. The operator, Argus Community Inc. needs to get a license from the State to operate a methadone clinic and neighbors are trying to prevent that from happening. The building in question 730 Saint Nicholas avenue was purchased for $ 4.3 million in August of 2017.
Why does an operator buy such an expensive property in a landmark, residential district to convert to a methadone clinic?