Clearwater, Scientology land swap back on the table ... again - 2018-04-06
Almost a year after elected officials abruptly backed out of a deal with the Church of Scientology to trade a cluster of low-profile downtown properties, negotiations are now back on the table.
The City Council is scheduled on April 16 to discuss swapping three small city-owned properties for a vacant lot Scientology owns just east of downtown to be used for retail parking, City Attorney Pam Akin confirmed.
The deal is being revisited after a rocky history. The city staff began discussing the land swap with Scientology officials in late 2016 when it became clear the new Nolen apartment complex at 949 Cleveland St. would need the adjacent lot to attract retail tenants.