Frederick Council rejects historic designation for Trout Run, a blow for a Scientology-backed drug rehab - 2015-06-02
Narconon, which relies on saunas and the writings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard to treat drug addicts, needed the designation because the 40-acre property's zoning does not allow such uses. A listing on the county historical register would have enabled it for that use.
But the council voted 6 to 1 against the designation, with at least one member who had previously indicated some support for the project apparently changing sides. A large group of activists opposed to Narconon broke out into applause.
It is not clear what Narconon will do next. Council member Billy Shreve, the only one to vote in favor of the designation, had said he was concerned Narconon would sue the council if the vote was no.