Scientology is pulling out all the stops for its next gleaming Clearwater landmark - 2018-11-04
L. Ron Hubbard Hall is coming to downtown Clearwater, faster than most observers thought possible, but slower than Scientology has been telling its membership. For most of the year Scientology has been telling members that the new 3,600-seat theater and museum building will be breaking ground in November. They don't need permission if they intend to have a photo op with golden shovels as a ceremonial groundbreaking. But Scientology has three obstacles to clear before they break ground in order to build a foundation and it can't happen this month.
The property is 319 S. Garden Ave. In this overhead illustration, Franklin Street is to the left (north), Court Street to the right (south), and S. Garden (west) at the bottom. The corner of the Super Power building can be seen in the lower left. Scientology owns the parking structure on the east side and uses it to park their fleet of buses that circulate between housing units and the Fort Harrison, Super Power and many other downtown buildings. In 2013 the city objected when a large tent was erected over the site for the annual IAS festivities. The threat of fines of $250 per day didn't seem to have their desired effect and the events were held as planned.