ORLANDO (CityofOrlando.net) – On August 4, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orlando City Soccer President Phil Rawlins announced the City of Orlando is dropping the eminent domain case against Faith Deliverance Temple, shifting the site of the soccer stadium slightly west and breaking ground in the fall ensuring Orlando City Soccer will play the 2016 season in its new home.
For 13 months, the City has been in active discussions with Faith Deliverance Temple to purchase the last parcel of land for the new Major League Soccer stadium in Downtown Orlando. In June, for the first time, the Williams family expressed interest in remaining at the same location. Around this same time, BBIF expressed interest in selling the property at the corner of Church St. and Parramore Ave. back to the City.
Since this new opportunity arose, the City undertook an intensive due diligence process and determined that a better site for the new Major League Soccer stadium is west of the original location.
“We are entrusted to be stewards of the taxpayer’s dollar and this new location will save the City money with a definitive schedule,” said Mayor Dyer. “This new site also allows for a larger footprint for the stadium, additional parking and opportunity for redevelopment.”
Shifting the stadium west, frees-up two large parcels for infill commercial development and affordable housing, which will bring business opportunities, jobs and housing to Parramore residents.
Additionally, Orlando City Soccer, who is overseeing the development and construction of the new stadium, announced it will form a committee of Parramore leaders, including District 5 City Commissioner Regina Hill and Florida Senator Geraldine Thompson, to help stadium designers incorporate elements of the community into the structure.