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Second Atlanta church drops price for stadium site

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The Falcons may still be able to build their new stadium on their preferred south site, after city officials attempt to broker a deal between the team and the two churches which stood in the way.

According to Katie Leslie of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed announced that Mount Vernon Baptist Church had lowered its asking price from $20.4 million to $15.5 million.

The church rejected the Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s initial offer of $6.2 million.

 

Earlier this month, Reed announced he had negotiated a $19.5 million deal with Friendship Baptist Church on behalf of the team.

Those two churches stood in the way of the Falcons proceeding on their preferred site, which is closer to transit lines.

And if the Falcons can pass the collection plate for Mount Vernon, it appears their plans for the change purse might proceed.

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19 Responses to “Second Atlanta church drops price for stadium site”
  1. weezycat2 says: Aug 17, 2013 8:37 AM

    Jesus wept.

  2. sportsmeccabi says: Aug 17, 2013 8:44 AM

    I thought Jesus said to give away all of your possessions.

  3. heeeeelzfan says: Aug 17, 2013 8:50 AM

    Good for the churches. At least this time a municipality will not arbitrarily invoke eminent domain as so many city governments do so frequently, all in the name of the “public good.” To the churches: Stick to your asking price(s). Make ‘em pay.

  4. cavafox says: Aug 17, 2013 8:54 AM

    For those prices. These churches can build some pretty nice replacements.

  5. jrebar88 says: Aug 17, 2013 9:08 AM

    These churches shouldnt get any money. They dont pay taxes, so why should they have any say?

  6. stonefish67 says: Aug 17, 2013 9:09 AM

    Sounds like shakedown to me.

  7. cobrala2 says: Aug 17, 2013 9:25 AM

    WWRHD?

    What Would Rick Harrison Do?

  8. nirvana504 says: Aug 17, 2013 9:28 AM

    Falcons are ranked 31st in fan loyalty

  9. firstclasspack says: Aug 17, 2013 10:12 AM

    So much for the church helping the community. It seems to me that the very people they are supposed to be helping are the ones that are going to end up footing the bill for their greed.

  10. justsayin70 says: Aug 17, 2013 10:18 AM

    “jrebar88 says:
    Aug 17, 2013 9:08 AM
    These churches shouldnt get any money. They dont pay taxes, so why should they have any say?”

    47% of Americans don’t pay any federal income tax – and they get to vote …

  11. mylionsroaring says: Aug 17, 2013 10:23 AM

    Falcons are ranked 31st in fan loyalty

    ________________________________

    That because they don’t go to church LOL

  12. dezno24 says: Aug 17, 2013 10:27 AM

    I’m sure some season tickets and a few sky box passes were included once they lowered their asking price.

  13. sportsmeccabi says: Aug 17, 2013 11:15 AM

    “jrebar88 says:
    Aug 17, 2013 9:08 AM
    These churches shouldnt get any money. They dont pay taxes, so why should they have any say?”

    47% of Americans don’t pay any federal income tax – and they get to vote …

    Most of them pay other taxes. Churches don’t even pay property taxes.

  14. mr86ism says: Aug 17, 2013 11:21 AM

    Come on sportsmeccabi even the most novice Bible reader knows he said to SELL all your possessions
    Jesus may have been a hippy socialist but at least he was an intelligent one

  15. pftstory says: Aug 17, 2013 11:44 AM

    I have not seen the difference in the two churches, but 19.5 for one and 6.2 for the other.
    Also m
    Smart move by the mayor to announce the deal with one church, and the price, before having anything close with the other. NOT!

    Wonder why they don’t just rebuild those churches on the north site?

  16. sportsmeccabi says: Aug 17, 2013 11:47 AM

    He said sell and give it to the poor. I skipped to step two.

  17. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 17, 2013 1:43 PM

    Forty pieces of silver.

  18. flexx91 says: Aug 17, 2013 2:03 PM

    Yeah, they’ll get some very nice replacements. Now let’s hope that reverend doesn’t get a $2 mil mansion and a Bugatti to go along with the new church.

  19. apmn says: Aug 17, 2013 2:08 PM

    sportsmeccabi: Who are the poor in this case? Certainly not the GWCCA. Or the Falcons. Or NFL fans. It costs money to build, maintain, and operate a church.

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