The Toronto home of the "Church" of Scientology at 696 Yonge has announced its plans to renovate and re-clad the aging building. Located just north of Isabella on Toronto's main drag, the nine-storey building has certainly seen better days. New life and colour on this section of Yonge have been a long time coming but in the past few years we have seen an increased interest in development with projects like Five St Joseph and One Bloor East Reshaping the face of the neighbourhood. Yonge south of Bloor as a whole is really seeing a dramatic change on the street level with the recent openings of locally owned business which is not strictly made up of Money Marts or Discount electronic stores.

The Scientologists have already moved out of their Yonge St. location and have set up temporarilly at 77 Peter. The renovations certainly plan to bring the colour contrast to what can often be a a drab area. Below is the rendering for the completed project. Moderism purists will not likely be happy with the new encrustations thoroughly replacing the existing building's admittedly tired facade.

Church of Scientology RenderingChurch of Scientology Rendering

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