ATLANTA, GA. - Talks continue over whether two historical churches will make way for a new Falcons stadium, or force the stadium plans to move. Tuesday evening Georgia World Congress Center Authority leaders met for the first time with the entire congregation of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. Previously church leaders had been representing their congregation in talks with the state and the Falcons.
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Neither side wanted to discuss the talks or any potential sale figures, but the value of the properties could offer a window into the possible baselines for a deal. According to the Fulton County Tax Assessor's office, Mt. Vernon owns two pieces of property worth about $1.5 million. Friendship Baptist Church sits across the street on a much larger piece of property valued at nearly $16 million.
Members of both congregations have been told to keep their opinions private until a decision is reached. But those members who have spoken up so far said their history was more important than money, and they wanted to stay.
Mayor Kasim Reed has said he's committed to building the new stadium on an alternate site if the churches choose not to move.