• Documents: Church wanted $20M to relocate for new stadium

    By: Jim Strickland


    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.

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