Church Prepares to Fight City’s Eminent Domain Lawsuit for Soccer Stadium

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Faith Deliverance Temple secures Brigham Property Rights Law Firm and Shannon Keith Turner, P.A. to represent the church in eminent domain proceedings recently filed by the City of Orlando.

Members of the Faith Deliverance Temple Community pictured in front of the beloved church building.

Members of the Faith Deliverance Temple Community pictured in front of the beloved church building.

Faith Deliverance Temple does not want and has not wanted to sell its property. We have been serving Orlando for nearly 40 years and have been at this very location more than 30 years.

For over three decades, the Parramore community has worshiped at Faith Deliverance Temple in downtown Orlando, a few blocks from the Amway Center, home of the Orlando Magic. Now, threatened with the City’s lawsuit to take the property by eminent domain, church leaders have retained Brigham Property Rights Law Firm and Shannon Keith Turner, P.A. to defend the church’s property rights.

“Faith Deliverance Temple does not want and has not wanted to sell its property,” said Pastor Kinsey Shack. “We have been serving Orlando for nearly 40 years and have been at this very location more than 30 years.”

“My late-husband, our family, and church members together built this building and our community from the ground up,” explained church co-founder, Catherine Williams.

In the late 1970’s, Pastor Robert Lee Williams and his wife, Catherine, opened the doors of Faith Deliverance Temple at 2392 West Church Street, Orlando. The church moved to its current location at 625 West Church Street in the early 80’s, worshiping there ever since. In 1989, with donations from members and the Williams family, the church purchased the property and began constructing a new house of worship. The Faith Deliverance Temple community entered its beloved church building in 1996.

“Although we made efforts to negotiate a voluntary acquisition with the City, shortly before the City filed its eminent domain petition, we made inquiries about the eminent domain process and private property rights in Florida," explained Jonathan Williams, son of the church’s founders. "We hired attorney Andrew Brigham and made our decision to defend the church's property rights against the City’s condemnation suit which was served on the church June 10th.”

The case is City of Orlando v. Faith Deliverance Temple Inc. et al., case number 2014-CA-005081-O, filed May 15, 2014 in the Circuit Court for the Ninth Judicial Circuit, Orange County, Florida.

ABOUT BRIGHAM PROPERTY RIGHTS LAW FIRM, PLLC:

Brigham Property Rights Law Firm, PLLC devotes its law practice to the representation of private property and business owners throughout the State of Florida in matters of eminent domain, property rights and real estate litigation.    Andrew Prince Brigham, Esq. is the Florida member of the Owners’ Counsel of America, a nationwide network of eminent domain attorneys. As lead counsel, Mr. Brigham led a trial team in achieving the largest jury verdict awarding full compensation in Florida state court history. To learn more, visit http://www.propertyrights.com.

ABOUT SHANNON KEITH TURNER, P.A.:

Shannon Keith Turner, P.A. focuses on real estate, personal injury, elder law, estate planning, probate and guardianship matters. Keith Turner is a member of the Florida Bar, Orange County Bar Association, a licensed Florida real estate agent and a member of the Community Association Institute. Visit http://www.skturnerlaw.com for more information.

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