Scientology's David Miscavige talks about Cleveland Street redevelopment and entertainment center backed by Tom Cruise - 2017-03-14
CLEARWATER — Scientology leader David Miscavige on Tuesday revealed to a City Council member the church's redevelopment plan for recruiting businesses to Cleveland Street and funding a facade overhaul for the main thoroughfare rather than controlling the entire downtown footprint.
Beyond the $260 million of Clearwater real estate the church owns in its name, and more than $26 million in property it bought through anonymous shell companies over the last two months, Scientology does not intend to buy more downtown property, Miscavige told Vice Mayor Bill Jonson in a private meeting at the Fort Harrison Hotel. Other council members were scheduled to meet with Miscavige later in the day.
Actor and noted Scientologist Tom Cruise is also helping the church develop an entertainment complex on two blocks of vacant lots the church purchased last month along Myrtle Avenue between Cleveland and Drew streets, Jonson said.