Philly/Philadelphia - Local Org Being Taken to Blight Court

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  1. samsid

    samsid New Member

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20131127_Guiding_blight.html

     
  2. Type4_PTS

    Type4_PTS Diamond Invictus SP

    City of Philadelphia Taking Scientology to Blight Court Over "Ideal Org" Building

    A couple years ago the Mayor declared war on those who neglected empty buildings and lots.

    The Daily News contacted the CoS in 2011 and "spokeswoman Karin Pouw said that interior designs were finished and construction documents were being completed. Miscavige, who still roots for Philly sports teams, would attend a ribbon-cutting if his schedule permitted, Pouw added.

    "We hope to commence renovations toward the end of 2012 for a spring 2013 opening," Pouw wrote in an email Dec. 13, 2011."

    As is typical, the CoS lied about all this. :duh:

    The "Blight Court" can fine them $300 a day for each window and door not up to code, meaning they must be usable and not boarded up.

    Full Story on Philly.com
    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20131127_Guiding_blight.html



     
  3. Enthetan

    Enthetan Master of Disaster

    Re: City of Philadelphia Taking Scientology to Blight Court Over "Ideal Org" Building

    From the article:

    "I don't understand what's going on there," said Paul Levy, president of the Center City District. "It's obviously a free country, and they bought the building, but here we are six years later, and they've done nothing. It's not only not contributing to the street and acting to the detriment to the city, it's also not a tax revenue."

    One of Miscavige's biggest accomplishments at the helm of Scientology was gaining tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service in 1993. Levy said the Chestnut Street building has a market value of $7.3 million.

    The "Ideal Org" program seems to be a way to "park" buildings that are in need of renovation, and exempt them from taxes while so parked. Perhaps to sell them later at a higher price when the real-estate market is better?
     
  4. Type4_PTS

    Type4_PTS Diamond Invictus SP

    Re: City of Philadelphia Taking Scientology to Blight Court Over "Ideal Org" Building

    Plus it's a way to buy buildings using other peoples money. :yes:

    And then later don't they also charge the orgs rent for these buildings? :unsure:

    Of course it's Scientology so it doesn't have to make sense. :no::duh:
     
  5. Arthur Dent

    Arthur Dent Silver Meritorious Patron

    Re: City of Philadelphia Taking Scientology to Blight Court Over "Ideal Org" Building

    Yes, they do charge the orgs rent. The perfect scam. I wish the IRS would pull the plug on them.
     
  6. Type4_PTS

    Type4_PTS Diamond Invictus SP

  7. PTS

    PTS Elliott

    Re: City of Philadelphia Taking Scientology to Blight Court Over "Ideal Org" Building

    Do fish swim? Nothing is ever $cientology's fault. It isn't their fault that the community doesn't want to stare at boarded-up windows. They're not out of ARC with the city, the city is out of ARC with them! You'd think that the cult would at least try to raise the tone of their discourse but instead they make excuses. Perhaps Slappy should study Success Through Communication?
     
  8. Lermanet_com

    Lermanet_com Banned

    Re: City of Philadelphia Taking Scientology to Blight Court Over "Ideal Org" Building

    Nothing is ever a sociopath's fault either.
     
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  9. Axiom142

    Axiom142 Gold Meritorious Patron

    Re: City of Philadelphia Taking Scientology to Blight Court Over "Ideal Org" Building

    They just can’t catch a break, can they? Bad publicity everywhere, everything they touch goes bad.

    Let’s hope the city start the fine clock now. Hopefully they will have done their research and know that the cult has done this many times before and the only way to get them to comply is to rack up the fines and enforce payment.

    Obviously, Miscavige doesn’t care how much of his ‘parishioners’ money gets eaten up, but after a couple of years more of being empty, the Philly Scilons might take umbrage at $200K+ of their money, going into the coffers of the city.

    Actually, isn’t this a brilliant way for cash-strapped cities to raise extra funds? Entice the cult to buy up all sorts of buildings at knock-down prices and then hit them with fines for not doing what they promised they would? It’s a sure-fire winner! Even if he knows it is a trap, Miscavige will still bite as he knows he can extract more money from the rubes than he will have to pay in fines.

    I’m sending an email to the mayor of Detroit…

    Ax
     
  10. Wants2Talk

    Wants2Talk Silver Meritorious Patron

    Re: City of Philadelphia Taking Scientology to Blight Court Over "Ideal Org" Building

    This building should be taxed until it is occupied and in use as in Connecticut.
     
  11. Idle Morgue

    Idle Morgue Gold Meritorious Patron

    Re: City of Philadelphia Taking Scientology to Blight Court Over "Ideal Org" Building

    I believe the Cult still has to pay taxes until the building is occupied. If someone lives in Phili - you can check out the tax assessor' office.

    Gavin Potter is doing a seminar - "How to use the "tek" to make billions in Real Estate using other people's money"...now playing at an Idle Morgue near you!! LOL
     
  12. AnonyMary

    AnonyMary Formerly Fooled - Finally Free

  13. Jquepublic

    Jquepublic Silver Meritorious Patron

    Re: City of Philadelphia Taking Scientology to Blight Court Over "Ideal Org" Building

    Pouw said Scientology has 10,000 adherents in the Philadelphia area, where a smaller building on Race Street near 13th is still in use by the church :hysterical::hysterical:

    Karen Pouw is hilarious! Seriously, there may be 10,000 adherents on the east coast (doubtful), but in Philly? No. Average event attendance was about 60 - 75 people and that was WORK to pull off, and bodies in the shop was around that (60-70) each week. Not much has changed according to an old acquaintance of mine, and the list of their donors on the Ideal org website tells me that they haven't experienced any straight up and vertical expansion. I know 85% of those names. Several are children, second genners.

    They can't afford the Int Landlord jacked up rent they're paying at Race Street, they definitely can't afford - and do not need and cannot FILL - the PNC building.
     
  14. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    Gizmodo: Philly Is Suing Scientology Over Its Vacant "Cathedral of the Future"
    http://gizmodo.com/philly-is-suing-scientology-over-its-vacant-cathedral-1475854816

    Excerpts:

     
  15. Udarnik

    Udarnik Gold Meritorious Patron

    Race Street was utterly dead this summer. I was at the hotel right next to it in a business trip and didn't see a single soul go in over a 2 day period. The lights were on, but there were no indications if people working behind the closed blinds, either.
     
  16. Idle Morgue

    Idle Morgue Gold Meritorious Patron

    Doesn't the City of Philedelphia know that David Miscavige NEVER intended to open up these buildings...it was part of the scam to have real estate holdings for his insatiable appetite for John Lobb shoes, expensive Scotch, fancy jets and autos and a very lavish lifestyle...not to mention his slush fund for his lawyers to keep him out of court..

    David Miscavige opened a few to get the show on the road...but that was part of the dog and pony show...the real intention was to collect real estate so he can amass money...GPM - Goal...to get the stupid clubbed seals to give Scientology everything for "ideal orgs"...problem....to solve world insanity...mass....tons of real estate to be cashed in as the cult dies!

    NOt all the Ideal Org buildings are tax exempt...many have to pay real estate taxes. Previous posts show St Louis Org is behind $150,000 or more on their real estate taxes for the past 3 years...they don't get "tax exempt status until they open" and they will never open because everyone is broke and ruined...so rumor has it that St Louis is selling their Ideal Org building....the staff got a BIG FLUNK from COB!!

    St Louis is the real example of "Ideal Org"....cashing in and blaming the staff for "not getting it done"! This caves in staff so they quit and then replace them with noobies fresh out of OOT training at the Fraud Scam Base who don't know and will be told the "previous staff were SP's or DB's and could not get the job done...but YOU CAN...and so the cycle repeats itself.

    It is so obvious....Scientology is a SCAM and the SCAM is EPIC!
     
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  17. Type4_PTS

    Type4_PTS Diamond Invictus SP

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