Atlanta (WAOK)-The final hurdle to the Falcons ability to build a new state of the art billion dollar stadium in downtown Atlanta was removed on Sunday when the congregation of Friendship Baptist Church agreed to sell it’s property for $19.5 million. The Falcons and the city of Atlanta had negotiated with Friendship and Mount Vernon Baptist Church to buy the two properties for a combined $33 million. Friendship Baptist, a church that has been in existence since 1881, was offered $19.5 million and Mount Vernon Baptist was offered $14.5 million. The two churches are located on what was called the preferred “south site” to build the Falcons retractable roof stadium.
Each church congregation had to vote to accept the deal in order for the plan to move forward.
Mount Vernon’s congregation accepted it’s deal on Thursday. The congregation of Friendship Baptist Church agreed to accept the Falcon’s deal for their property after church services today.
The city of Atlanta and the Falcons originally announced deals with Friendship Baptist Church and Mount Vernon Baptist in early August.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank said he wanted to break ground on the new state of the art facility so that the team could open its 2017 season in it’s new home.