Monday, August 19, 2013

First Slice 8/19/13: Friendship Baptist delays vote on stadium deal with city

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Friendship Baptist Church
The congregation of Friendship Baptist Church delayed holding a vote on the $19.5 million deal offered by the city for the historic church and its land. The property along Northside Drive is needed if the state, city, and Atlanta Falcons move ahead with plans to construct the new $1 billion football stadium south of the Georgia Dome. A vote might not be held for another three weeks.

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