By Jennifer Garza
Visitors are invited to see the new 57,000-square-foot Church of Scientology of Sacramento at Sixth and J streets.
Church officials held a grand opening Saturday. The facility is at the Old Ramona Hotel, which has been renovated.
More than 2,400 people attended, including Mayor Kevin Johnson, who said the restored building will help revitalize downtown.
The new church will serve 12,000 members locally.
It has a chapel for congregational gatherings, Sunday services and religious ceremonies. There are also seminar rooms, classrooms and rooms for Scientology auditing (spiritual counseling).
“This gives us a way to introduce the city of Sacramento to our church so they can learn what Scientology is really about,” said Gail Gallegos, public relations director for the Church of Scientology in Sacramento. ”We have lots of social betterment programs that are a big part of the community.”