The new Church of Scientology of Georgia building in Sandy Springs will open for public services on Sun., April 3, according to a church official.

The new Church of Scientology of Georgia building in Sandy Springs is decorated with bunting for its grand opening. (Photo John Ruch)

The new Church of Scientology of Georgia building in Sandy Springs is decorated with bunting for its grand opening. (Photo John Ruch)

The church at 5395 Roswell Road at the intersection with Glenridge Drive is currently decorated with blue bunting for a private grand opening.

“[Starting] Sunday, the facility will be open to the public seven days a week and all are welcome,” said church official Tracie Parker in an email. “We have an information center where anyone can come to take a tour and find out for themselves about Scientology and the many humanitarian programs we support.”

The church, a mansion-like former real estate office, had a long struggle to open that involved a freedom-of-religion lawsuit against the city.

The Church of Scientology bought the property around 2005, but first sought rezoning for use as a place of worship in 2009. The Sandy Springs City Council approved the rezoning, but without a parking reduction the church sought as part of a building expansion. The church then sued the city for violating its First Amendment rights, leading to a 2012 settlement allowing the building expansion in exchange for sharing parking with the adjacent post office.

The new Church of Scientology building as seen from the rear area where the church agreed to share parking with the post office as part of a lawsuit settlement. (Photo John Ruch)

The new Church of Scientology building as seen from the rear area where the church agreed to share parking with the post office as part of a lawsuit settlement. (Photo John Ruch)

Before its move to Sandy Springs, the Church of Scientology was based in a smaller Doraville facility.

To contact the new Sandy Springs church, call 707-394-4414, email atlanta@scientology.net or see scientology-atlanta.org.

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