Falcons Sweeten Deal to Buy Church for Stadium

1:26 PM, Sep 13, 2013   |    comments
Sep 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) celebrates with teammate tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) after a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
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ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons are offering an extra $8 million to purchase a church property that sits at the site of a proposed stadium.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced a preliminary $14.5 million agreement Friday under which officials would acquire the site of the historic Mount Vernon Baptist Church.

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority would pay $6.2 million. The Atlanta Falcons would provide an additional $8.3 million.

Mount Vernon is one of two churches that will have to be relocated if the $1 billion, retractable roof stadium NFL stadium is to be built on the Falcons' preferred site.

A lawyer for Mount Vernon Baptist Church said the congregation will likely hold a meeting next week to vote on the proposal.

Reed has reached a preliminary agreement with the other church.


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