CLEARWATER, Fla., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Thousands of Scientologists have attended the unveiling of a multimillion-dollar building in a Florida city that is a hub for the religion, officials say.
After 12 years of stop-and-start construction, the Flag Building in downtown Clearwater was opened by church leader David Miscavage in a ceremony that lasted less than 10 minutes, the Tampa Tribune reported Monday.
Estimates of the number of church members at the grand opening ranged from less than 6,000 to about 10,000.
The seven-story building will host the church's "Super Power" programs developed by founder Ron Hubbard designed to hone members' 57 senses.
Only church members were allowed in the building, but building plans indicated the facility was designed for a multitude of uses. The basement contains a kitchen and dining hall while two stories are dedicated to a suite of offices with a balcony, conference room, kitchenette and private shower. There are hundreds of classrooms and offices, and a running track large enough to accommodate more than 450 people.
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