There are other businesses in the area. A B&B is across the street and the historical society is nearby too. There is another B&B a few doors down.
it appears that the neighbors have grown comfortable with the decline in the church membership because less traffic and more parking on the street for them
they should have known that eventually the church would be put into a situation where it could not cover its operating costs
now that the parking and traffic may return to the state when the church had full membership the neighbors have resistance about any project that will increase the traffic and parking to previous conditions
they may reject the current project but they should be aware that another project may come forward that could be worse in regards to parking and traffic concerns