Clearwater downtown blueprint ignores Church of Scientology, the 'elephant in the room' - 2017-02-05

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F0.png Clearwater downtown blueprint ignores Church of Scientology, the 'elephant in the room' February 5, 2017, Tracey McManus, Tampa Bay Times

The latest downtown revitalization plan unveiled this week calls for walkable green spaces and a bustling town square peppered with outdoor dining and retail shops to fill the vacant storefronts.

But the 146-page blueprint the city paid consultants nearly $400,000 to write makes no mention of the Church of Scientology's future implications on downtown revival as the largest property owner and an international institution with a $917 million economic impact locally, according to one study.

Since first arriving in Clearwater in 1975, the Church of Scientology has accumulated $250 million in real estate, occupying whole blocks of downtown and building its worldwide spiritual headquarters steps from City Hall.


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