Beleaguered building – Church-owned Old Pas site vacant and in need of repairs

PASADENA – Exactly two years after the Church of Scientology bought the historic Braley Building in Old Pasadena – and went into high gear to get all 22 small-business tenants out – not a single plan for the promised fast-track conversion has been submitted to the city.

The deterioration in the historic 1906 building’s appearance – and the inability of city staff to contact the owners about it – has been a source of “frustration,” said Eric Duyshart, Pasadena’s director of development.

“We’ve been very disappointed that the building has been a vacant eyesore in Old Pasadena,” he said. “We have sent code-enforcement to evaluate violations there on the site … over the past two or three months.”