Scientologists not yet ready to sell historic South End building - 2015-07-13
The Boston branch of the Church of Scientology is sitting on a potential gem near the South End-Roxbury line, a historic building that has sparked interest from dozens of potential buyers who want to turn it into the next boutique hotel or luxury condominium complex.
But the Scientologists say they're in a bind: They want to sell but can't find an affordable place in Boston to relocate their local headquarters.
The religious group, founded in the 1950s by L. Ron Hubbard, said in December that it would put the dilapidated Hotel Alexandra on the market. But it says it must wait until a new permanent headquarters is found in Boston with at least 50,000 square feet of space — a mandate handed down from the International Church of Scientology.