Scientologists Planning Move to Larger Quarters

The local chapter of the Church of Scientology is selling its downtown headquarters at 1330 Fourth Ave. and moving operations to La Mesa, where the organization recently purchased a site for $9.3 million, according to the chapter president.

The new location off Interstate 8, the former site of La Mesa Bowl and a private college campus, features two buildings totaling more than 64,400 square feet of space and 410 parking spaces for the chapter’s 18,000 members, says President David Meyer.

It was built in 1968 and purchased by the church in 1996, says Vince Provenzano, a broker with Award Commercial Properties, who represented the church with Martin Alfaro on the La Mesa location.

The move is expected to happen within the year.