Church members want zoning rules changed in St.Leonard

So they can build a place of worship on their property now used for social activities

Church members

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.

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  1. ric posted on 06/08/2014 08:22 AM
    TOUGH, they knew about the bylaw. It's always someone else's fault, never their own. Sometimes the law is the law.
  2. jeremy posted on 06/09/2014 04:33 PM
    They are serving the community, soup kitchen, daycare, gym and more... which the St-Leo community needs is more places like this to help out the community's around them. Who would not want a soup kitchen a daycare and a place of refuge for those needing help?

    It would benefit any community, I hope the city changes it's mind!!
  3. carpanzano Emily posted on 06/10/2014 01:12 PM
    How many of these corrupt politicians break the law themselves? How much money are these ppl stealing from us tax payers?And this by far is not breaking the law in no means! The only reason they blame it on law is cause this property is not used for what they wanted. Greedy ppl will always be greedy. Would they prefer having a club or a strip club where criminal rate would sky rocket and would be an ongoing thing? As soon as there is mention of church all hell breaks loose. I rather see my kids and other ppl's kids safe in a neighborhood where ppl love God then being afraid of some gangs starting fights and have police offers surround a place where there is chaos and harming a bystander!
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