Fishtown residents have voted against a plan to turn the shuttered St Laurentius Church into apartments.
The vote followed what was described as a contentious meeting in the basement of the nearby Holy Name Church.
The local vote was for residents who live within 500 feet of the 135-year-old church, which the Archdiocese of Philadelphia closed in 2014 due to structural problems.
The vote is not binding. The city zoning board has the final say. A meeting is set for Nov. 1.
Developer Leo Voloshin is proposing preserving the exterior of the church and building 23 one-bedroom apartments inside. The Archdiocese sold him the building for $1.
As PlanPhilly notes, opponents to the apartment plan want to preserve the church are "advocating for alternative uses which would keep the building's spectacular interiors more intact."