Clearwater, Florida – As section of its continuing expansion, on March 14th, 2009 the Church of Scientology Flag Service Group Spiritual Retreat held the grand opening of the fully rebuilt Clearwater landmark Fort Harrison.
Given its age, more than a few quarters of a century, and the want to see the Fort Harrison stand even grander through the following century, commencing in April 2008 the setting up was stripped almost bare and rebuilt from its core. This provided set up of new point out-of-the-art systems, as perfectly as fully modernized expert kitchens to service the retreat’s a few dining places. Individual treatment was taken to make the work and the remaining product environmentally helpful. This provided using recycled “blue jean” insulation, reduced emission air conditioning and turbines, as perfectly as power-efficient lights, electrical and air conditioning.
Inspite of all the modernization, the Fort Harrison nonetheless bears its hallmark historical touches, which include the replication of the lobby’s initial black wrought iron work and gold leafed moldings. The resurfacing of the entire exterior with additional architectural detailing tends to make the lodge even much more stunning than its legendary commencing in 1926, when she was acknowledged as “the Aristocrat of Southern Florida Hotels”.
Basic Contractor, Nova Resort Renovation and Development, hired more than 350 local workers to full the setting up. thirty,000 ft of plumbing, seventeen,000 ft of air conditioning ducts and pipes and sixty six miles of electrical wiring have been applied.
Finished in just eleven months, the Fort Harrison opening represents the following section in the creation of an best religious retreat for the Church of Scientology. This expansion enables the Church of Scientology to give far better service to the tens of thousands of Scientologists who annually travel to Flag from more than sixty nations to take part in the optimum amounts of Scientology instruction and counseling. Additionally, in trying to keep with the Church of Scientology’s historical past of service to the neighborhood and the heritage of the Fort Harrison by itself, the re-developed Grand Auditorium and historic Crystal Ballroom will be readily available for use by neighborhood businesses and other non-earnings. Open up properties and other gatherings will make the facility readily available to the local neighborhood at massive.
Obtained in 1975, the Fort Harrison was the Church’s initial setting up in Clearwater and marked the commencing of Flag as the non secular headquarters of the Scientology religion. Considering the fact that that time, the religious retreat has swiftly expanded into more than 40 structures, totaling 2 million square ft of services, to service the swiftly rising figures of Scientologists touring to Flag for state-of-the-art religious services.
Saturday’s opening marks the close of the next section of the Church’s on going Clearwater expansion. Section just one was the January 2008 opening of the newly renovated 172,000 square foot Oak Cove. With the Fort Harrison now full, the Church has started the remaining section of its expansion application, the completion of its new 360,000 square foot Church setting up. This Church will give the essential services to make all Scientology services readily available in just one setting up, both equally for the burgeoning neighborhood of Clearwater Scientologists as perfectly as the dynamic and increasing congregation of Scientologists touring to Flag from close to the planet.