Church’s latest bid to buy Tower Theater gets swift court response – Reuters

In a quick and concise decision, the 5th District Court of Appeals has responded to Adventure Church’s latest attempt to stop the sale of the Tower Theater to the city of Fresno. The church claimed it had the right to purchase the theater and surrounding property based on a September 2020 purchase agreement.

The decision came Wednesday afternoon, hours after the church filed its petition with the Fresno Court of Appeals.

“The ‘writ of warrant motion…’ and motion for immediate stay, filed on June 22, 2022, are denied,” Judge Rosendo Peña Jr. wrote on behalf of a three-judge panel.

The Superior Court refused last week

The church hoped to overturn a decision last week by the Fresno County Superior Court that refused to stop the city’s purchase of the iconic venue.

A lawsuit by Sequoia Brewing Company – which leased part of the tower property – prevented the church from completing its purchase. Growing protests against the church also prompted city leaders to broker a deal to take control of it.

The decision removes a city roadblock closing the escrow on the $6.5 million sale. The church’s next move, if any, is unclear. Messages left at the church were not returned.

Even if the city finalizes its purchase, Adventure Church can move forward with its lawsuit for damages against the current owner of the Tower Theater for the scuttled purchase. This trial is scheduled for 2024.

The Fresno City Council is due to discuss the Tower Theater lawsuit behind closed doors at its Thursday meeting.

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