New Church of Scientology in Sandy Springs opens to public April 3 - 2016-03-31
"[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.