LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — The Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire, has applied for a permit to demolish a church, despite requests to save the building.

The city of Laconia, New Hampshire, has been trying to set up a historic district that would allow it to deny a request to raze the St. Joseph Church, built about 1929.

The Laconia Daily Sun reports Bishop Peter Libasci determined on May 5 that the church would be torn down this summer to make way for a sale of the campus.

Protesters have told the City Council and the diocese that the church is an integral piece of the city's cultural, historic and architectural fabric and should be saved.

The proposed historic district would take in the church campus, the railroad station and the library.

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