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Mt. Vernon Baptist Prepares To Vote On Stadium Deal

The Mount Vernon Baptist Church congregation is set to vote Thursday on whether to approve a multimillion dollar relocation deal so the Atlanta Falcons can build a new billion dollar stadium south of the Georgia Dome.As heard on the radio

Mt. Vernon’s congregation members were mostly mum over the weekend on whether they’d approve a $14.5 million deal OK’d by church leaders.

But Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed thinks the church will OK the plan.

“I feel good about it,” Reed says. “I would say that I feel good. But what I also feel is that no matter what this is going to be resolved this week, and I’m pretty happy about that.”

Mt. Vernon is one of two churches the city is trying to move in order to build a new billion dollar stadium for the Falcons, the other church being Friendship Baptist. Reed says if either church votes down the offer, he’s done negotiating the issue and will settle for building the stadium north of the Georgia Dome.

“If that doesn’t get it done, I gave my word that I would support moving to the north side, because these negotiations can’t go on forever,” Reed says.

Mt. Vernon did not return calls for comment on the vote.

Friendship Baptist is expected to vote on its $19 million deal this weekend.