The long-neglected Alexandra Hotel, straddling Roxbury and the South End at Mass Ave and Washington Street, finally found a new owner: the Church of Scientolgy. The church, looking to increase it’s Boston presence, purchased the 22,000 square foot structure for renovation
Following a South End tradition, the Alexandra fell into disrepair shortly after its construction in 1875. Owners converted the hotel into a rooming-house, then abandon the building in the early sixties. Investors battled the City of Boston and the Boston Redevelopment Authority over development issues for years before accepting an offer from the Church of Scientology. A church representative declined to discuss the sale price, but recently, the building carried a $3.5 million asking price.
The good news for us: the sale means Boston is now officially safe from Xenu’s grasps.