People in Cobb County got their chance Monday to weigh in on the proposed new Atlanta Braves stadium in their backyards. Meanwhile, watchdogs and taxpayer groups are mobilizing to slow the process of approving public money for the project. Three Cobb County commissioners had separate town halls to gather public input ahead of a vote scheduled Tuesday evening. But one watchdog group is pushing for more: a public referendum.
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.
A state agency negotiating for land to build a new NFL stadium has broken off talks with one of two churches in its path. The Georgia World Congress Center Authority informed Mount Vernon Baptist Church in a letter that it is "officially terminating negotiations" and "abandoning its efforts" to purchase the church's property on the southwest edge of downtown Atlanta.
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.
The Kansas City-based architecture firm that designed the new stadium shared by the New York Jets and Giants is the top choice to design a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons. Documents from the state of Georgia name 360 Architecture as the "apparent awardee" of the lead architect job.