Church of Scientology's practices muddy vote on Trout Run historic designation - 2015-06-02
The County Council is set to vote on whether the 40-acre Trout Run campus in the forest of the Catoctin Mountains is so historically significant that it should be listed on the Frederick County Register of Historic Places. If it is, Narconon could move forward with its plan to open a substance abuse treatment center on the site.
Opposition to Narconon's plan has mostly focused on the program's association with Scientology and its performance record. The property belongs to Social Betterment Properties International, the real estate arm of the Church of Scientology, but ownership and use are not supposed to factor into the council's decision to designate the property historic or not.