With lawsuit settled, Scientology-linked company will operate small rehab at Trout Run - 2019-03-30
Frederick County has settled a long-running lawsuit with a Church of Scientology-linked real estate company over plans to build a controversial drug rehabilitation center on Catoctin Mountain.
Frederick County Circuit Court approved a joint motion March 20 to dismiss the case of Social Betterment Properties International v. Frederick County over the former's plans for the Trout Run property, a 40-acre site near Thurmont. SBPI is now moving forward with plans for an eight-bed rehabilitation home based on Scientology teachings that would operate within the property's long-standing zoning restrictions.
The settlement agreement reached between SBPI and the county allows the company to "do what it's been allowed or permitted to do all along, and nothing more," county spokeswoman Vivian Laxton said in an email Wednesday.