Scientologists seek OK for Hart Hotel redevelopment - 2016-07-18
The Rev. Brian Fesler, a regional representative for the church, said the project is part of its national concept for an "ideal organization." Fesler said Battle Creek's congregation was ahead of its time with a vision for the project that dates back more than a decade — even if it didn't know what that would look like just yet.
"When they bought the building, they had the building but didn't have the mechanism," he said.
Fesler said a letter from the city of Battle Creek accelerated the redevelopment effort by the church.
Community Services Director Marcie Gillette said the city held a hearing earlier this year and designated the Hart Hotel as a dangerous building. Gillette said the building was unsecured after being clipped by cars as it stood vacant for more than a decade.