County delays vote on Scientology-affiliated drug rehab center - 2015-04-08
The Frederick County Council voted Tuesday to postpone a decision on a historic designation for the Scientology-affiliated drug treatment center planned for Thurmont.
Leaders of the Narconon program, which uses rehabilitation methods developed by the Church of Scientology's founder, L. Ron Hubbard, want to open a "residential drug rehabilitation center" at a 40-acre camp named Trout Run, off Catoctin Hollow Road.
Social Betterment Properties is the current owner of Trout Run and the real estate arm of the church. The property owner and Narconon requested that Trout Run be added to the county's historic registry — a decision the County Council voted to postpone until April 21 — to allow more time for consideration.