Architect, engineer sought by Christian group for reno of Casselberry buildings

Karen Talley
GrowthSpotter

The two-building Legends Plaza in Casselberry was recently bought for just over $1 million by The Man in the Mirror, a Christian ministry that will refocus the property as a new headquarters, just down the road from where it spent the last 20 years leasing.

The Man in the Mirror was started by Orlando real estate developer Pat Morley, who gave up his career in the land business to lead a ministry full time. The group's goal is to help churches reach men more effectively, and better pursue their faith in Christ, vice president Brett Clemmer told GrowthSpotter.

Located at 1375 S.R. 436, the organization paid $1.037 million for the Legends Plaza parcel, county property records show, down from an original asking price of $1.35 million, per real estate listings. The seller, Legends Investment Properties LLC, previously paid $770,000 in 2004. 

The Man in the Mirror is in the process of finalizing selections of a general contractor, architectural firm and civil engineer to renovate the buildings, at least one of which was a restaurant at one point.

The ministry will spend the next couple of months readying the 9,911-square-foot site and expects to move in sometime during the summer. The buildings -- 5,336 square feet and 4,575 square feet — sit on a 1.39-acre parcel.

Plans for the site include office space, meeting areas, lobbies and other site facilities, along with a new master sign with the organization's name. 

Church representatives declined to forecast an investment value on Monday for the renovation, saying the budget is still being worked out.

The Man in the Mirror is having a fundraiser in September, with the goal of raising money to pay down or pay off the mortgage and build-out costs.

This is the first time the ministry has owned its quarters in its three decades of existence. The company is moving from its former headquarters at 180 Wilshire Blvd. in Casselberry to roughly one mile down the road.

The seller, Legends Investment Properties, is managed by Larry A. Powalisz. He's also head of Tesla Energy Solutions in Casselberry, though the company's website is inactive and Powalisz didn't respond to calls for comment. 

Powalisz is also named as the head of Legends Business Group, a professional services company whose stock traded in the over-the-counter market in the late 2000s, securities records show. 

The ministry has grown nationwide, aids churches by consulting with their leaders and pastors, and provides resources and materials, Clemmer said.

The church’s credo, in part, “targets all the different types of men you have in the church,” and “will result in more men coming to church and more men being discipled,” the ministry’s website says.

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