Members of a protestant church are putting pressure on the borough of St. Leonard to change its zoning rules to allow them to build a place of worship on their property.
The Good News Chapel has had its church in Rosemont since 1927, and has a building in St. Leonard that it’s been using for social activities like a soup kitchen, daycare, gym and more.
But the chapel would now like move the Rosemont church to the St. Leonard property so it can consolidate its social activities and place of worship.
The borough says it can't, though, because the St. Leonard building is too close to homes.
“A church is made up of people so it would only be logical to have a church in a residential area," pastor Steve Gesualdi said.
The community has been asking for the change since 2009, when it bought the St. Leonard building and it held a demonstration last week.
The borough says the community knew the rules before it purchased the building but it is considering the request.