Scientologists buy chunk of Clearwater's 'super block' dream - 2013-09-25
CLEARWATER— The Church of Scientology has bought a big chunk of downtown Clearwater's so-called "super block," a highly visible stretch near the waterfront that was long touted by city leaders and various developers as key to revitalizing downtown.
For years, plans conjuring visions of swanky offices, boutique hotels, destination restaurants and luxury condos came and went.
More recently, leaders of the nonprofit Clearwater Marine Aquarium considered the "super block" as a site for their proposed $160.5 million aquarium, but they decided the real estate was too important to take off the tax rolls. Even so, last month aquarium and city officials briefly eyed a portion of the "super block" for an aquarium parking garage.