by: Jim Strickland Updated:ATLANTA —
New documents obtained by Channel 2 consumer investigator Jim Strickland reveal Mt. Vernon Baptist Church was asking $20,375,000 to sell the church to make room for a Falcons stadium on the south side of the current Georgia Dome.
The figure is more than triple the $6.2 million the Georgia World Congress Center Authority countered with in its final offer.
Emails Strickland obtained showed the church deemed "insulting" an earlier offer by the GWCCA of less than $5 million. The church presented the state with a study showing relocating the church would cost more than $20 million. GWCCA based its $6.2 million offer on the highest of multiple appraisals done on the property.
Mt. Vernon said it makes $140,000 in parking revenue from Dome and GWCC events, revenue which would be lost were it to move.
The Falcons are planning to build a new $1 billion stadium in time for the 2017 NFL season.