Brickell Avenue Church Rumored To Have Sold Prime Property After Appraiser Demands Back Taxes

There are unconfirmed rumors that the First Presbyterian Church of Miami has sold off their parking lot on Brickell Avenue.

If sold, the property is prime for development. The surface lot sits on the waterfront in the most densely built area of Miami, and has intense zoning rights.

There is nothing in county records indicating a sale has taken place yet, however.

In 2018, the county appraiser slapped a $6.5m lien on the property, saying that back taxes were owed after officials discovered that a school and food trucks were leasing space from the church. The appraiser claims that a religious tax exemption should be partially revoked due to nonreligious use.

A former county Property Appraiser told the Herald in 2018 that while the county had no mechanism to collect on the lien for past tax owed, any new tax bills issued must be paid every year by the church.

The church has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the loss of religious exemption, which is still pending. An unaffiliated attorney told the Herald that he thinks the county’s case is stronger.

The church building itself is historic and cannot be demolished. It was built in 1949. The congregation is Miami’s oldest and was formed in 1896.

 

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Anonymous

Good. That surface lot is wasted space.

Anonymous

about time, we may finally complete that section of the Baywalk.

Anonymous

I’m sure that “unaffiliated attorney” works with a developer. I think it’s arguable the church may have been unaware of the law not allowing subleasing to a school and food trucks which would result in the tax exempt lost..maybe they did know. I think the county could have notified them of the issue and if they continued to violate then tax the property but perhaps at a rate that’s for the area not being used for religious purposes. Other religious institutions in the county use their land for non religious functions thru leasing agreements and I doubt they’ve all lost their tax exception.

Anonymous

“Other religious institutions in the county use their land for non religious functions thru leasing agreements”

Name just one of them?

Anonymous

name one !

RustyTRUMPet

Ignorance is not a defense to the law.

Anonymous

Maybe Jake and Elwood can get the band back together and play some gigs to pay the church’s property taxes.

Anonymous

Yeah.. let’s ask James Brown to see what he can do….

Anonymous

They could probably sell a lot of orange whips.

Anonymous

Let’s hope Perez doesn’t get his hands on this..

Polo

Prime real state for a super tall!

Anonymous

Fock taxes

Anonymous

But you want a flawless infrastructure?

Anonymous

ask Ft Lauderdale where their infrastructure monies have gone ?

Alpina

The parking lot has a good size to be developed

City Dude

Many churches use their properties to maintain funding as church attendance is very down in these contemporary times, which has donations way down. As long as the church is still meeting regularly as a “church”. Additional uses should have no impact on their tax status.

Anonymous

That rumor sounds incomplete….WHO is it rumored to be sold to? But confirmed, but so what…

Peter

BUSTED!!

Anonymous

Please save this beautiful building. There are millions of square feet available for development downtown.

Anonymous

Did you read article?

Anonymous

Read the article.. are you serious? It’s better to just jump to some conclusion.

Anonymous

I was under the impression a third of the posters hear can’t read.

Anonymous

you’re being generous…

Anonymous

the word is HERE. LMAO

Anonymous

The church building is protected. Review article. Portion of land sold is a parking lot leased to food trucks

Anonymous

Plus, the church itself can be moved.

Anonymous

Troll.

Anonymous

Yes you are.

Anonymous

Please read the article again.

Anonymous

the did aint right en spanish mang

Anonymous

PSSSST
“The church building itself is historic and cannot be demolished. It was built in 1949. The congregation is Miami’s oldest and was formed in 1896.”