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Church of Scientology to up its stake on Yonge Street

The Church of Scientology looks like it’s going to increase its Toronto presence.

The longtime occupants of the storefront at 696 Yonge have just moved to temporary digs in an old brick building at 77 Peter Street (former home of Time and Studio 77 night clubs) in order to renovate the Bauhaus-inspired modernist Yonge building at the corner of St. Mary.

According to Melissa Wong, who handled development in Councillor Kristyn Wong Tam’s office, there has been no rezoning application, though sketches floating around the Internet show a radically different facade for the building, including red detail and a large cross on the Yonge side of the eight-storey building.

Update (Jan. 17, 2012):

According to the city's planning department, an application for a building permit for the site was received on Jan. 15, but until approved, which the city estimates will take about two weeks, its contents remain private.

Writer: Bert Archer
Source: Melissa Wong

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