Forclosure filed on Mount Calvary for Idora land


YOUNGSTOWN — Judge Maureen A. Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court has dismissed a delinquent real estate tax complaint filed by County Treasurer John B. Reardon against Mount Calvary Pentecostal Church concerning the former Idora Park.

The dismissal was filed Tuesday after the first mortgage holder, Teen Missions International Inc. of Merritt Island, Fla., paid the $27,411 in taxes, which were due on the church-owned 26-acre former amusement park site.

Teen Missions paid the taxes Dec. 11 before it filed a foreclosure action against the church, demanding $1.5 million for the unpaid mortgage and accrued interest. The missionary organization lent the church money to build a Christian-themed City of God on the vacant former park site, which would have included a new Mount Calvary worship center, a shopping mall, financial institution and retirement home.

Under the mortgage terms, Teen Missions has an option to maintain the property, pay the taxes, and add the taxes to the mortgage, if the mortgage is in default, explained Atty. Charles W. Wilburn of Circleville, who represents Teen Missions. The missionary organization wanted the tax payments to be current, he said.

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