A planning and zoning commission in Torrington voted on Wednesday night against building a methadone clinic in town and now the matter could go to court.
Hartford Dispensary, a non-profit, wanted to build the clinic at the site of a former Boy Scouts office on Kennedy Drive.
Many neighbors signed a petition calling on the city to block the proposal, which they complain would drive up crime and reduce property values.
"I worry about the element it brings into town," Richard Lombard, of Torrington, said.
Commission members voted 4 to 1 against the clinic.
The board member who voted in favor of the clinic said denying it could lead to a federal lawsuit.
The member said it violated the Americans With Disabilities Act, which protects people who are looking for addiction treatment from discrimination.
Supporters of the clinic have said there's a large drug problem in Greater Torrington, with 250 Torrington residents being treated for drug addiction, and the area needs a place for people who seek treatment.