Church of Scientology renovates old cigar factory, holds pieces of Tampa’s history

Updated: Monday, 20 Feb 2012, 9:48 AM EST Published : Monday, 20 Feb 2012, 7:21 AM EST Kerry Klecic/MyFoxTampaBay.com YBOR CITY - You could say the legendary Ybor Square holds the perfect balance of old and new. On the corner of 8th Avenue and 13th Street, it stands as a symbol of Tampa’s past – holding 116 years of history between its red-brick walls – and sign of its future. Years ago, it stood as the Tampa Bay area’s only brick cigar factory. Built in 1886 by Don … [Read more...]

Scientology settles into historic home

A photo story on the Church of Scientology Tampa appears on the Tampa Bay Fox TV affiliate. "Chances are you've driven by or even been to Ybor Square, the home of Creative Loafing, Spaghetti Warehouse and the Church of Scientology. But you might not know exactly how much history it holds..." Tampa’s first brick cigar factory, built in 1886 and located at Ybor Square, now is home to the Church of Scientology. (Photos Kerry Klecic/MyFoxTampaBay.com) … [Read more...]