The State Properties Commission unanimously voted to spend $6.2 million toward buying Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. The Falcons will chip in millions more to put the total sum at $14.5 million.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s office had earlier negotiated deals for the Falcons to acquire another nearby congregation, FriendshipBaptist Church, for $19.5 million.
Gov. Nathan Deal called Thursday’s vote a “key component” to ensure the stadium was built south of the Georgia Dome, a spot Falcons officials have coveted for its proximity to two MARTA stations, downtown and the convention center.
The team confirmed last week that the location was the “definite” site for the construction of the $1 billion-plus retractable roof stadium.