Church of Scientology wants Gizmo building

Some neighbors are against it, but on Monday night, the Albuquerque City Council could vote to allow the Church of Scientology to move its regional headquarters into a building in the heart of downtown.

The church is hoping to turn the Gizmo building at Fourth Street and Central into its new location.

The church asked for a city zoning permit to move into the Gizmo space, but opponents say downtown Albuquerque isn’t the right place for the church. They’re afraid it would take away from plans to make downtown a cultural center for the arts, entrainment, and businesses.

The city planning department turned down the church’s request for a special use permit. Now, the church is appealing the decision.