Orlando Set To Use Eminent Domain For $85M Soccer Arena

Law360, Miami (September 16, 2013, 7:01 PM ET) — The Orlando, Fla., city council approved a resolution Monday that would authorize the use of eminent domain for two downtown parcels deemed necessary for a proposed $85 million soccer stadium if negotiations with the landowners fail.

The city council members voted to allow the initiation of eminent domain proceedings on the two parcels, which are just under two acres and are valued at about $2.8 million, if needed for the stadium project proposed by the Orlando City Soccer Club in its bid to join Major League Soccer.

“The city has acquired more than 70 percent of the project site by voluntary purchase,” the city council members said in the meeting agenda. “The city is currently in negotiations with the property owners and will continue to do so in good faith. However should negotiations fail, this resolution will authorize the initiation of eminent domain procedures to acquire the subject parcels.”

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