The city of Orlando will no longer pursue its eminent domain lawsuit against a Parramore church which has refused to sell in order for a new soccer stadium to be built.
Faith Deliverance Temple, located on land which the city had hoped to acquire by eminent domain for the downtown soccer stadium, refused to accept an offer of $4 million. The church had asked for $15 million. After negotiations broke down, the city moved to seize the church by eminent domain.
On Monday, city officials said, the stadium would be shifted west.
“This is a major victory for Faith Deliverance Temple and the Parramore community,” said Mike Cantone of Fight Back Coalition. “Mayor Dyer was wrong to attempt to use eminent domain to takeover a Church for a private-use soccer stadium, and at least the City has used some sense to end this circus.”