A rendering of the proposed new Falcons stadium.
A rendering of the proposed new Falcons stadium.

(CBS ATLANTA) Mount Vernon Baptist Church held a special meeting to discuss ongoing negotiations about the new Atlanta Falcons stadium on Tuesday night. Church officials have yet to agree to a deal to sell the property to make way for the preferred “south site” for the new stadium.

Nearby Friendship Baptist Church has already reached a deal, agreeing to $19.5 million payout agreed upon by Mayor Kasim Reed and the Falcons.

Mount Vernon Church members wouldn’t say much after talks that lasted nearly three hours. The closed door meeting, which was attended by former Atlanta Mayor and ambassador Andrew Young and Mayor Reed, comes after church leaders rejected the Georgia World Congress Center’s $6.2 million offer.

Young told CBS Atlanta News that the church can agree on a deal and still continue its ministry. He said the meeting went well, but the church needs a little time to think over all the options.

Pastor Rodney Turner’s daughter, Seana Turner, agreed with Young. “The biggest thing is to make the best decision, and make sure the church and the community is involved,” said Turner.

Pastor Turner drove away giving the thumbs up sign, and asked for prayers. There’s no word on when both sides will meet again.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.