An Atlanta church congregation has voted to accept the city's $14.5 million offer to relocate so the Atlanta Falcons can build a new stadium. Members of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church voted overwhelmingly Thursday in favor of accepting the offer for their land south of the Georgia Dome.
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank says the team expects to have a site for its new stadium in the next two weeks. Blank outlined the timeframe during a Wednesday forum that included business leaders in the community.
Mayor Kasim Reed says Atlanta has reached a $19.5 million preliminary deal to buy the property of one of two churches needed to build a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons. Reed said Tuesday that the deal must still be ratified by officials at Friendship Baptist Church.
Attention is shifting to a second site for a stadium that would be the new home for the Atlanta Falcons. A deadline to buy two churches on the stadium's preferred site is just over a week away, and no deal with the congregations has been reached.
One of two historic Atlanta churches near the site of a proposed new NFL stadium has rejected the city's initial offer for its land. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the city offered $13.5 million, but the Friendship Baptist Church countered with $24.5 million.
NFL owners have approved a $200 million loan for construction of a new stadium in Atlanta. The Falcons received the money Tuesday at the NFL's spring meetings. The multipurpose stadium could cost as much as $1 billion.
Five architecture firms are vying for the chance to design the Atlanta Falcons' new retractable-roof stadium. Officials with the NFL Team and the Georgia World Congress Center concluded two days of interviews with the firms on Tuesday.