Trout Run designation case will go back to County Council

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — The case over the historic designation of Trout Run will head back to the Frederick County Council.

The Frederick News-Post reports ( Social Betterment Properties International, the Church of Scientology's real estate arm, bought the land in 2013 with the hope of using it to open a Narconon drug treatment center. If the county included Trout Run on its register of historic places, the church could open the center.

The County Council voted against the historic designation in June. The church filed a lawsuit in response.

Judge William Nicklas ruled Wednesday that the council didn't properly outline the basis for its decision. Nicklas ordered that the case be returned to the County Council, which will have to issue findings of fact.

If the council continues to deny designation, the case could return to court.


Information from: The Frederick (Md.) News-Post,

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