Committee meets to discuss building Falcons stadium north of Georgia Dome

by: Craig Lucie Updated:

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ATLANTA —


The Georgia World Congress Center and the City of Atlanta have until Aug. 1 to reach a deal with two south side churches, or the new Falcons stadium will be built at a different site north of the Georgia Dome.

To build the stadium on the south side, the GWCC needs to buy Mount Vernon Baptist Church and Friendship Baptist Church. No deals have been reached, and Frank Poe, GWCC executive director, declined to comment on the negotiations.

The stadium committee met Wednesday at GWCC to begin reviewing plans to build the stadium on the north location so it can meet the deadline for completing the billion-dollar structure: kickoff of the 2017 football season. It will meet again next Tuesday and will likely approve studies to examine the north side site.

"Should the Falcons determine that the south side is not feasible, then we've already taken action to support north side feasibility assessment," Poe said.

But Mike Koblentz, head of the Northwest Community Alliance, said a decision to build on the north side would be wrong and unacceptable.

"It's an isolated area, for one," he said. "MARTA is not near. It helps perpetuate what I refere to as the Great Wall of China between these state structures in the neighborhood."