Latest newsmedia on the proposed Phoenix Idle Morgue, and it's a biggie....Scientology's Newly Purchased "Ideal Org" Building in Phoenix Will Become a Recruiting Tool -- Once the Last of Its Tenants Gets Kicked Out
by Ray Stern, Phoenix New Times 13th Oct 2011http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2011-10- ... icked-out/
Scott Ruth has heard the stories about Xenu the Galactic Overlord and the ghost-like "body thetans" that supposedly infest human souls. But all he knows for sure about the Church of Scientology is that it's invaded his life.
The church, which plans to turn its newly acquired property at 3845 and 3875 North 44th Street into its temple-like "Phoenix Ideal Org," is booting out his business and livelihood, FitLife, from its current location. He was the final holdout as of early October; the other tenants already had been kicked out by then.
The fitness trainer and former professional athlete, a solidly built 40-year-old, isn't used to getting muscled, and his voice rises in anger as he talks about the situation.
"They're hurting people," Ruth insists. "They have zero compassion or concern about what's going on. It's brutal."
His business has been at this address for more than a year, and Ruth — who signed a five-year lease with the property's previous owner — had expected to be there at least another three years.
Ruth tells how his East Phoenix location was on the upswing in 2010, following a move from a smaller facility a few blocks away. On signing the five-year lease with the property's previous owner, John Wilmot of Fairmount Square LLC, he borrowed and spent tens of thousands of dollars for improvements to the place.
Tenant leases were wiped out with the change in ownership, and the upcoming relocation will put Ruth further into debt — not that he's found a comparable, suitable new place yet. He estimates his losses because of the debacle will be more than $150,000.
The church has plenty of money, he figures. He asked for $175,000 when Bob Adams, a Scientology spokesman and former National Football League player, came to visit Ruth and other tenants. Ruth says Adams offered him a chance to do business with the church, with Ruth referring his clients to the religious center's "spa treatments" and the church's sending members to his gym. The church also offered him a paltry $5,000, he says.
County records show that Union Bank NA, formerly Union Bank of California, transferred the property's $5.7 million mortgage note to the Church of Scientology of Arizona on November 16, 2010, following an October agreement to sell the note for an undisclosed amount. A week later, the church transferred the note to Building Management Services, a nonprofit California company owned and operated by the national Church of Scientology.
Ownership of the property didn't actually change hands until late July, when the church — which had become Wilmot's lender — foreclosed on Wilmot's company and bought the property from itself in a trustee's sale. Neither the church nor the bank will say how much the church paid for the mortgage note and, thus, the property.
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