LOS ANGELES, Calif.–KCET, which severed its long-standing ties with PBS at the beginning of the year, announced today that it has sold its Sunset Boulevard production studios to the Church of Scientology.

The amount of the sale was not disclosed.

The station will continue to operate out of the studios at 4401 W. Sunset Blvd. for as long as a year until a new location is found.

“We are now implementing phase two of our transformation from a PBS affiliate to an independent public media center for the 21st century,” according to KCET president and CEO Al Jerome. “New facilities and equipment will allow us to augment the quality, award-winning content that our fans love.”

Jerome said station officials were in discussion with several Los Angeles-area production facilities as potential new homes.

According to the Church of Scientology, the studio includes two sound stages, post-production resources and television, satellite and Internet broadcasting capabilities.

“It is a perfect fit, in both size and location, for the expansion of the Church of Scientology’s production of religious and social betterment audiovisual properties, and we welcomed the unexpected opportunity to acquire it,” according to a statement from the church.

“… It is also ideally set up to establish a central media hub for our network of churches around the world. Utilizing the studio’s existing satellite uplink, we will be able to provide our churches and affiliated groups globally with instantaneous access to a wealth of content, all in high definition, ranging from the church’s six annual international events to new educational and introductory films and even video updates for the public informational displays located in churches around the world.”