The City of Orlando on Monday dropped its attempt to condemn a family-owned church to build a new Major League Soccer stadium. The Church was the last holdout for the project. Orlando will move the new stadium about a block west using property the city bought for $2 million.
Orlando and the Church have had been in negotiations since last year. Orlando offered the Church $1.5 million for the property representing over twice the value in the City’s appraisals. The Church felt this was much lower than the value and the parties were far apart.