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The church has amassed 60 properties in Pinellas County since arriving in 1975.
The Flag Building on N Ft Harrison Avenue is Scientology's largest building. The church owns 60 properties in Pinellas County under its name, 72 percent of which are tax exempt. The church bought six retail properties under LLCs in 2017 for a redevelopment plan.
Published Oct. 20
Updated Oct. 21

Since arriving in Clearwater in 1975, the Church of Scientology has purchased 60 properties in Pinellas County under its name. Fifty-eight are in the city of Clearwater and 49 are downtown. About 72 percent of those properties are tax exempt for religious uses.

In 2017 the church acquired six downtown Clearwater retail properties through limited liability companies. Scientology leader David Miscavige told city officials the properties were part of the church’s proposed retail redevelopment plan. But after a dispute with the city, Miscavige cut communication.

This gallery shows all 60 properties Scientology owns under its name in Pinellas county and the six retail properties the church acquired through limited liability companies in 2017. It does not include properties recently bought by companies run by church members. (On Sunday, the Tampa Bay Times reported that since 2017, companies run by members of Scientology bought another 86 downtown commercial properties. Click here to read the story.)

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