Atlanta reaches partial deal for stadium land
by the authority show it broke off negotiations after Mount Vernon rejected a $6.2 million offer. Church leaders wanted more than $20 million. During one back-andforth email exchange over an earlier $4.8 million offer, church attorney Bill Montgomery said that negotiations were likely to fail unless the authority got money from private sources to raise its offer.
Montgomery said Tuesday that no one from the authority has asked to resume talks.
"I'm sure my client would be willing to entertain any overtures the authority would make," Montgomery said. Friendship Baptist Church, established in 1862, first met in a donated boxcar that doubled as a space for worship and a classroom for Atlanta University. After it moved to Atlanta, Morehouse College set up classes at the church. Spelman College started in its basement.
Lloyd Hawk, chairman of the church's board of trustees, said the agreement must still be approved by the congregation.
"If we didn't feel there was a benefit to the church and the community, we would have said no eight months ago," he said.