Atlanta Mayor Helps Secure Land for Falcons
Mayor Kasim Reed aided the brokering of a $19.5 million deal between the Historic Friendship Baptist Church and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced Tuesday, August 6, an agreement between the Atlanta Falcons and Friendship Baptist Church, a deal he helped broker. According to his office, church board members accepted a $19.5 million offer to sell the property should the south site be selected for the new Atlanta Falcons stadium.
“I am pleased with the solid progress on the construction of a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons in the heart of our city,” said Mayor Reed. “Most important of all, we have kept our promise to treat the members of Friendship Baptist Church with dignity and respect and reach an agreement that is fair and reasonable for all parties. With both the south and north site as possible locations for the new stadium, factors such as transportation, neighborhood impact and infrastructure needs can be better weighed and balanced.”
Located in South Atlanta, the historic church held meetings in a boxcar in 1862 and then formally organized after the end of the Civil War in 1866. Swing a cat and you’ll hit the Georgia Dome, the team’s current home. The second proposed site is less than a mile north of this neighborhood. Mayor Reed and his administration expressed a strong preference for the south site due to its proximity to two MARTA stations and the Georgia World Congress Center.
“We are pleased to have gotten to this important milestone in the process,” said Lloyd Hawk, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Friendship Baptist Church. “We understand that there still is work to be done to finalize an agreement that we can take to our congregation for them to discuss and make the final decision, and we look forward to working with the Falcons to continue moving forward in the best interest of the church and the community.”
No one is jumping up and down and cheering just yet, however. The Georgia World Congress Center Authority still needs to reach an agreement with Mount Vernon Baptist Church, located across the street as the crow flies, a property also necessary to build the south site.