City of Orlando to use eminent domain for soccer stadium

City of Orlando to use eminent domain for soccer stadium

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The City of Orlando is moving forward with an eminent domain claim on two properties that are needed if the city is to build a soccer stadium in Parrramore to attract a Major League Soccer expansion franchise.

The city's CFO Rebecca Sutton tells FOX35 that they have been making efforts to buy the two pieces of property without government action first.

"We've put offers out at appraised value for each of these properties, but we have had no communication back on any of those offers."

At a Monday ceremony, city leaders held the trophy which Orlando City Soccer recently won.  Now, Sutton says they will increase the pressure through eminent domain to get the two pieces of land.

"We are not at the point of filing condemnation yet, and we certainly hope that we can settle on a good price on these two properties and not have to go to that."

The parcels are located at 607 West Church Street, which consists of 8,981 sq. feet, and 639 West Church Street, which consists of 72,846 sq. feet.   According to a city appraisal, they are valued at $314,400 and $2,549,700, respectively.

Rebecca Sutton says the city's preference is not to take the land if they can avoid it.

"We have outstanding offers as we speak, so we are hopeful that there will be a positive response or at least a counter offer."

There is one final piece to the puzzle.   A church also sits on the two blocks where the city hopes to put that soccer stadium.   City leaders are negotiating with the church to buy this land, but they're going to have to pay much more than fair market value for this piece of land, because they'll have to pay for the church to build something new somewhere else.



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