Falcons Owner Says Decision On Stadium Site Close

first_img1:55 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List The owner of the Atlanta Falcons says a decision on a new stadium site is close.1:55Speaking at a panel discussion in downtown Atlanta, Arthur Blank said prep work is nearly done on both sites – the preferred location south of the Georgia Dome, and the backup option on the Dome’s north side.“We’re fairly close to coming to a conclusion. Obviously a lot of work was done on the south (site). The north (site) is pretty much caught up with that. Our aspiration is that in the next couple of weeks we’d be able to get that finalized.”The contractual deadline is October 1, but Blank expects to have a site nailed down before then.Two churches own property on the preferred south site. Friendship Baptist leadership agreed to a tentative deal earlier this month. The other church, Mt. Vernon Baptist, is still negotiating. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and former mayor Andrew Young have stepped in to help reach a deal.Blank reiterated the advantages of the south site, including its proximity to MARTA rail stations, but said he’s be fine with the north site as well.“We want both of these churches to do what is in their best interest, not in our best interest. If they do the right thing for themselves, we’ll be fine. If that means us going north, we’re absolutely fine with that. That was actually our preferred site for the first couple of years.”Blank said whatever the location, his commitment to the surrounding communities won’t change.“We want to see a situation where people are moving back in those communities, have the proper education, have the proper jobs, have a way to elevate their whole life cycle as well, so we’re committed to doing that and that’s why we’re going to be active in this community for the next 30, 40, 50 years not the next four years.”Blank Foundation President Penny McPhee echoed that and said there’d be a special focus on working directly with those in the Vine City and English Avenue neighborhoods.“It won’t be about cutting a check. It’ll be about being in the middle of those conversations. Helping to build the capacity of the nonprofits that are already in the neighborhoods so they can work and bringing in new partners to strengthen it.”  The foundation has committed $15 million to those efforts. City officials and neighborhood leaders are working out where that money would be best spent in ongoing meetings at City Hall. ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party Share Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Related Stories For Whom The Bell Rings last_img

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