Philadelphia zoning officials have approved plans for 23 apartments in Fishtown's shuttered St. Laurentius Church, despite community opposition to the project.

The Zoning Board of Adjustment voted Tuesday to approve plans for converting the church property into apartments, said Karen Guss, a spokeswoman for the Department of Licenses & Inspections, which administers the panel. 

Developer Leo Voloshin acquired the 135-year-old church from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which closed it in 2014 amid concerns about  structural problems. Voloshin has said he plans to preserve the building's exterior. The building was saved from demolition last year when the city Historical Commission voted to give the structure historic status.

The zoning approval comes despite an advisory vote in September at a Fishtown Neighbors Association meeting opposing the plan.