Scientologists launch building boom to help grow the faith - 2010-04-02
The windows are boarded-up and there's a "Keep Out" sign in the windowsill. Many in the Printer's Row neighborhood are unaware that the vacant brick building is slated to become Illinois' new welcome center for the Church of Scientology at the end of the year.
The $4-million purchase of the seven-story structure is part of a nationwide push by Scientologists to open a host of new church buildings and draw new members into the faith.
In all, more than two-dozen structures will be remodeled and opened as church buildings in cities such as Chicago, Dallas and Nashville, Tenn., by the end of next year.