At­lanta reaches par­tial deal for sta­dium land

The Covington News - - SPORTS - RAY HENRY As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

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