ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) — Atlanta Falcons President and CEO Rich McKay says one of two proposed sites for a new $1 billion stadium is unsuitable for development.
In a letter to the Georgia World Congress Center Authority Tuesday, McKay wrote that the proposed south site for the new, retractable-roof stadium is not a viable option because two churches that are in the way and other parcels of land have not been purchased by the company responsible for building the stadium.
McKay also wrote that officials have been unable to conduct environmental and other required testing at those sites.
The Georgia World Congress Center Authority voted to ask the State Properties Commission to give the Falcons a license to perform due diligence work on the proposed north site, which includes various environmental and engineering inspections.
Negotiations have been on going with both Mount Vernon Baptist Church and Friendship Baptist Church.
The proposed north site for the stadium is located at the corner of Ivan Allen Blvd and Northside Drive. The north site is about three quarters of a mile away from the nearest MARTA Station.