EXCLUSIVE: The Western Australian headquarters of the Church of Scientology is set to move from Murray Street in the Perth CBD to the inner eastern suburb of Belmont.
oneperth.com.au can reveal that the church plans to spend $6 million converting a warehouse at the corner of Belmont Road and Cleaver Terrace.
The City of Belmont has recommended that a state assessment panel approve the new Scientology HQ at a meeting on March 31.
If approved, the project will see a chapel, cafe-cum-restaurant for parishioners, classrooms, book store and offices occupying the converted warehouse.
A “purification room”, bookstore-cum-library, film rooms, and “community activation admission room” for staff and parishioners to review church programs such as anti-drug programs are also planned.
A maximum 196 people, including 46 office staff and teachers and 150 parishioners, would occupy the building at any one time.
During the city’s consultation phase for the project, no objections were received.
A Belmont council report on the planned church concludes the project “will make a positive contribution to the locality and City of Belmont”.
Renders: From development plans submitted by Rowe Group town planners.