Church of Scientology opens downtown Kansas City location

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Church of Scientology has opened a new location in downtown Kansas City, in a seven-story building that once housed a bank.

The Kansas City Star reports that the 79,000-square-foot building near 18th and Grand was draped with a giant red ribbon and box affixed to the upper floors over the weekend. A large electric sign reading “Church of Scientology” was lit at night.

The opening occurred more than a decade after the church bought the building in 2007. The building was constructed in the 1920s and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

After sitting vacant for years, FOX4 reported rennovations were moving forward in early 2018 after the church filed for permits including for interior renovation, electrical, and fire sprinkler systems.

In January of 2019, the church added its sign to the top of the old  building, signaling it was moving towards an open date. The sign was met with mixed reactions.

The church’s previous presence in Kansas City was at a storefront at 39th and Main.

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