Falcons: South stadium site 'not feasible'

6:28 AM, Aug 1, 2013   |    comments
Conceptual drawing for new Falcons stadium.
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(ATLANTA) -- Friday is the deadline to set the location for the new Falcons stadium.

On Tuesday the Atlanta Falcons told the Georgia World Congress Center Authority that the south site, adjacent to the Georgia Dome is not feasible for construction of a new stadium.

The team made its final offer to buy that property that's owned b two churches.  On Wednesday a spokesperson for Friendship Baptist church said no decision has been made on accepting that offer.

There is some wiggle room after the August 1 deadline, but on October 1 a master agreement is due.  That agreement basically sets plans and the location in stone. 

The land that the south site sits on is was considered the preferred location.  It is currently occupied by two church facilities along Martin Luther King Drive. The Falcons and the city have said in the past that the south site is the most desirable, especially considering access to MARTA and any transportation facilities to be developed in the Railroad Gulch area to the east of the site.

The Falcons said they want the GWCCA to shift work to the north site, along Ivan Allen Boulevard. The GWCCA says they will be moving forward with feasibility studies on that site, which is on state-owned land.

Friendship Baptist Church, which is on Martin Luther King Drive in the middle of the south site under consideration, said Tuesday afternoon that negotiations with the city are ongoing for the possible purchase of their building as part of the construction site for the new stadium.

360 Architecture, the architectural firm chosen to design the new stadium, says they have been working on plans that will be feasible on either the north or south site.

Next Spring there will be a groundbreaking on whichever site is chosen.  In the Summer of 2017 the Falcons want to open their season in the new stadium.



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