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The 0.21-acre parcel highlighted in red is the one recently bought by Orlando City Soccer Club's stadium land affiliate. It is added to the 12.453 acres of city-owned property the soccer club bought in late June (striped area), and one 2.08-acre private parcel bought by the club in July 2015 (green).
The 0.21-acre parcel highlighted in red is the one recently bought by Orlando City Soccer Club's stadium land affiliate. It is added to the 12.453 acres of city-owned property the soccer club bought in late June (striped area), and one 2.08-acre private parcel bought by the club in July 2015 (green). (City of Orlando / staff edit)

Orlando City Soccer Club's stadium land affiliate paid $538,900 on Thursday for the second-to-last available sliver of land on the two blocks where it's building a new 25,500-seat stadium.

The seller was Kim A. Li of Chester, Penn., a widow of original land owner Ha A. Vong.

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The sale came after the City of Orlando and Li reached a settlement in Orange County Circuit Court this week. They agreed to vacate a January 2014 court order that was going to let the city take Li's "Parcel 102" by eminent domain.

A view from the newly-purchased land parcel by Orlando City Soccer Club's stadium land affiliate, on the corner of W. Church Street and S. Terry Avenue. This view is west toward the stadium under construction on Friday.
A view from the newly-purchased land parcel by Orlando City Soccer Club's stadium land affiliate, on the corner of W. Church Street and S. Terry Avenue. This view is west toward the stadium under construction on Friday. (Bob Moser)

A jury trial had been set for January 2017 regarding compensation due to Li for this parcel. That was canceled with Thursday's agreement, allowing Li to sell the property to the city's designee, OCSC.

The new soccer stadium's total footprint, including parking and outdoor entertainment area, will cover nearly 15 acres between W. Central Boulevard to the north, W. Church Street to the south, Glenn Lane to the west, and S. Terry Avenue to the east.

Li's former 0.21-acre parcel is added to the 12.453 acres of city-owned property the soccer club bought on June 24 for $22.085 million, and one 2.08-acre private parcel bought by the club in July 2015 for a separate $6 million.

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The privately owned parcel is part of a 10.58-acre site for the future stadium where three quarters of the land is city-owned.

This brings the documented land acquisition cost by OCSC to more than $28.62 million since last year, for more than 14.74 acres.

Li's parcel lies on the northwest corner of W. Church Street and S. Terry Avenue, east the stadium's direct construction. This land and more to its north may be used for an outdoor entertainment area.

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Now the only piece of land OCSC has not acquired within the two blocks of its stadium site and entertainment area is the 0.443-acre parcel owned by Faith Deliverance Temple, at 625 W. Church St.

City of Orlando dropped an eminent domain fight in August 2014 with the family-owned Faith Deliverance Temple, when the government was able to buy much of the block west of the church and shift its stadium site plan in that direction.

The city had offered at that time $4 million for the property, with the church countering at $15 million, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The church's founders said at the time they did not want to move.

Officials with OCSC did not respond to requests for comment on Friday.

Have a tip about Central Florida development? Contact me at bmoser@growthspotter.com, (407) 420-5685 or @bobmoser333. Follow GrowthSpotter on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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