ATLANTA -- Now that Friendship Baptist Church and Mount Vernon Baptist Church have voted to make way for the new Falcons stadium, what follows ahead in the next steps to come?
Before the first brick is laid, the Falcons must provide official notice to the Georgia World Congress Center. That initial closing must take place before the October 1 deadline, a spokeswoman for the GWCCA said.
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Once the Falcons declare the south site for their new home, the developers for the new stadium must submit a complete schematic design by October 31. That blueprint, according to the GWCCA must focus on concept along with design details that pertain to the south construction site.
The groundbreaking is set for April in 2014, while construction is expected to be completed in March 2017. During that first year, developers are looking at three deadlines. By January 2014, they must turn in half of the development documents and construction plans. The full plan is due in March 2014.
The Falcons are expected to kickoff for the first time in their new home in Fall 2017.
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As that finish line approaches and the new stadium is almost complete, the Georgia Dome will be torn down.
So that it can accommodate more commuters, MARTA upgrades and an expansion will accompany the stadium's developments.
From the start, the south site has been the city's top choice.
As the Vine City and Castleberry Hill communities prepare for the timeline to begin, both churches are planning a future after their decision to sell. The area is ripe for development, according to the city. Each church feels they are a crucial part of the neighborhood.
Specific locations for the new homes for the churches have yet to be determined, but each will have an influx of money to build. Mount Vernon may relocate to the Mims Park area, while Friendship Baptist has expressed interest in moving onto the Morris Brown college campus.